Muskies fall in close 68-64 NAC loss to Eagles
Athletics - posted on 1/6/2007
Despite a 15-point first half lead, the Lakeland College men's basketball team fell to Edgewood, 68-64, in Northern Athletics Conference play on Saturday afternoon at the Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
The Muskies (5-5 overall, 4-2 NAC) jumped out to a 39-24 lead over the Eagles (6-5, 4-1 NAC) after the first half of play. 3-point shots were a major factor, as 27 of the Muskies points came from behind the arc. Lakeland also out rebounded Edgewood 17-15.
"We haven't been able to put two halves together even when we've won," said Lakeland head coach Kyle Brumett. "We were up in the first half against Wabash and couldn't find a way to win. We're struggling putting games away. "
The Eagles came out determined in the second half quickly slowing down the game to their style of play. Edgewood tied the game up with just 3:33 left to play and would hold onto the lead for the rest of the game. The Muskies shot 31.8% and had 10 turnovers in the second half, contributing to the loss.
"The game in the second half was played at their pace," said Brumett. "Some of the credit goes to them. I thought their coach did a good job of trying to slow down the tempo with some of his substitutions and things to get the game stopped and not letting there be much flow to the game. Then also a big part goes to us. It comes down to that we didn't rebound well in the second half, had too many turnovers and we didn't make our free throws."
Junior Aaron Regal once again put together a solid game to pace the Muskies with 15 points and four assists.
"Aaron was great again. He had a few unforced turnovers, but without him it's not even a game," said Brumett.
Junior Kris Saiberlich was also in top form, scoring 14 points, with 12 of them coming from behind the arc.
"Kris shot the ball well in the first half, but we didn't get him any good shots in the second half," said Brumett.
The Muskies will go on the road Monday as they take No. 1 ranked UW-Stevens Points. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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