Regal's big second half keys Muskie win
Athletics - posted on 2/13/2010
SHEBOYGAN - The Lakeland men's basketball team clinched a berth in the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament on Saturday with an 84-73 victory over visiting North Division rival Marian at Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
Sophomore guard Josh Regal (Suring, Wis.) scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the second half, including a 12-point spurt in the opening four minutes of the frame, to lead the Muskies (11-12 overall, 8-7 NAC).
Regal's fantastic performance, coupled with a 29-for-34 clip from the free throw line, helped Lakeland compensate for the absence of leading scorer Jake Schwarz, who is out day-to-day with a knee injury.
Marian (9-14, 6-9), which led 35-30 at the half, made six 3-pointers after the break. However, the Muskies shot a sizzling 59 percent in the second half and 50 percent overall for the contest.
After the Sabres threatened and closed to within 65-63 with 4:34 on the clock, Lakeland regained control with back-to-back jumpers by junior Trevor McKown (Hot Springs, S.D.) and senior Khendal Andrews (Kankakee, Ill.)
Andrews, who was honored prior to his final regular season home game as the Muskies' lone senior, was one of four Lakeland players in double figures with 12 points and five rebounds. McKown and sophomore Germell Heard (Milwaukee, Wis.) chipped in with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Sophomore Hunter Wolf (Menasha, Wis.) made 9-of-10 free throws to finish with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Muskies turned a five-point, halftime deficit into a 47-40 advantage just under three minutes into the second half. A four-point play by Regal and a three-point play off an elbow jumper by Andrews highlighted the run.
Lakeland never trailed after the 18:32 mark.
Marian shot 40.9 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from 3-point range for the game. The Muskies made more free throws (29) than the Sabres attempted (17).
Lakeland concludes its regular season conference slate Tuesday at Rockford at 7 p.m.
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