Muskies fall short of upset bid against Pointers
Athletics - posted on 11/26/2004The Lakeland men’s basketball team’s upset bid of the defending national champion UW-Stevens Point fell short as the Pointers were able to pull away from the Muskies at the end and held on to win, 70-59.
The Muskies stayed close throughout the game, and tied the game at 48 with 7:22 remaining and were as close as six with just over a minute left to play but could not pull any closer.
“We definitely had our chances,” Muskie Head Coach Gary Grzesk said after the game. “I want the guys to feel happy about how they played and competed but not about the final result.”
Preseason first team All-American forward Jason Kalsow was unstoppable in the paint, scoring 20 and grabbing eight rebounds. Nick Bennett, a fourth team All-American pick, struggled from the field (2-13), but still managed to pour in 11 points.
Nick Zeck, who was 7 for 7 at the free throw line, was strong inside for the Muskies, scoring 19 points and grabbing six rebounds against a much taller Pointer team. Freshman guard Kris Saiberlich was the only other Lakeland scorer in double digits with 11.
The Pointers pulled away in the second half behind their big men inside, and as a team shot 53.8 percent in the second half, as the Muskies struggled to find their outside touch, shooting only 20.8 percent (5-24) from behind the arc in the game.
“Against the best teams it’s the little things that make the difference,” Grzesk said. “We just have to keep improving over the course of the season to close the gap.”
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