Lakeland Skirmishes With UW-Green Bay in Exhibition Game
Athletics - posted on 11/2/2004
GREEN BAY It's early, but Lakeland College head men's basketball coach Gary Grzesk hopes Tuesday's exhibition game against UW-Green Bay in the spacious Resch Center pays big dividends near the end of the season.
The Muskies who had 11 new faces see playing time Tuesday dropped a 73-42 decision to the Phoenix, an NCAA Division I school. But Grzesk was happy to see that Lakeland, which trailed just 26-16 at halftime, had 10 players log 10 or more minutes.
"Its unrealistic to think we could come in here and win," said Grzesk, who had a storied playing career at UW-Green Bay and served as assistant coach there for one season. "We wanted to compete on every possession and play as hard as we could."
November is filled with tough games for the Muskies, including a Nov. 26 home opener against defending Division III national champion UW-Stevens Point, currently ranked No. 1 in the nation.
"In the long run (Tuesday's game at Green Bay) will be great for our guys," Grzesk said. "Playing teams like Green Bay and Stevens Point will hopefully get us ready for the post season and hopefully another NCAA tournament appearance."
Junior Nick Howard scored 10 points for Lakeland, while sophomore guard Craig Zellner added seven.
UW-Green Bay head coach Tod Kowalczyk tipped his cap to Lakeland.
"I thought we lost our discipline on defense," Kowalczyk said. "I think Gary's team did a good job of spreading us out and taking us off the dribble."
Lakeland opens the regular season Nov. 19-20 against UW-River Falls at the Bethel, Minn., Tournament.
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