Muskies Cruise to 80-63 Win Over Warriors
Athletics - posted on 1/13/2007
The Lakeland Muskies improved to 5-2 in the Northern Athletics Conference with an 80-63 victory over the Wisconsin Lutheran Warriors on Saturday at the Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium located on the Lakeland campus.
The Muskies (7-6 overall) shot 38 percent from the field, while grabbing 36 rebounds, forcing 17 turnovers and shooting 85 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors (7-7, 4-3 NAC) also shot 38 percent while grabbing 34 boards.
"It was the most complete game we've played all season," said Lakeland head coach Kyle Brumett. "We played two complete halves. Two halves where we didn't turn the ball over. Two halves where we did a good job rebounding. Two halves where we made our free throws."
Lakeland was led by junior Kris Saiberlich who had a season high 19 points, 15 of those points coming from behind the 3-point arc. Saiberlich was 4-5 from the foul line and also had two steals in the contest.
"We played our best game of the year," said Saiberlich. "It gets our confidence back up and it's great to have back-to-back wins at home."
The Muskies went up by as many seven points in the first half and had the 40-33 lead going into the locker room. The Warriors' Brian Hagel would get a 3-point shot to open up the second half to cut the lead to four, but that was as close as the Warriors would get to the lead. At 16:42 the Muskies went on a 10-point scoring run and never looked back.
Lakeland shot 11-30 behind the 3-point arc, with 20 of the attempts coming in the first half.
"We took a lot of threes today but their defense kind of left us open," said Brumett. "We shot in that spot instead of getting the ball to someone like Matt (Rogers) or some of our other inside guys. It was a lot more threes then I like to shoot, but they were the shots we needed to take. We made enough of them to win."
"The big key to the game was I felt like we put them in position to foul us," said Brumett. "They are a really aggressive, defensive team and we forced the official to blow the whistle. We not only got to the foul line, but we made them. That put us as the aggressor in the game rather than making us play defensive like I felt we played in the second half last Saturday when we had the lead."
Joining Saiberlich in double figures was junior Matt Rogers with 15 and junior Aaron Regal with 11 points. Rogers and junior Danny Ehnert each had eight rebounds for the Muskies.
"Obviously, Kris played really well," said Brumett. "I also thought Matt (Rogers) played a great game. It was one of his better games with the 15 points and eight rebounds and he had a couple of assists."
Freshman Phil Sontag and junior David Hoerres came off the bench for solid performances. Sontag had eight points and five rebounds, while Hoerres added nine points and three rebounds.
"Phil Sontag is so solid for us," said Brumett. "He's playing great now. David Hoerres is the same. They both just bring us so much off the bench with their intensity, defense and how hard they play. Those two and Pete (Worth) just help make us go."
"We had four games in eight days and we didn't play as well as we would have liked early in it," said Brumett. "We felt like we gave one away. This was one win we had to get. The Northland Baptist game kind of let us catch our breath. We played some other guys and we had a great team effort. Then we came out tonight and we had another great team effort. We shared the ball so much better today then we have all year. We just played it off to the open guy. That was the key and that was what we were talking about all week."
The Muskies will go on the road for their next four games to take on NAC opponents, beginning with Maranatha Baptist on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. Lakeland will play again at home on Tuesday, Jan. 30 as they take on Concordia University-Chicago at 7 p.m.
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