Muskies suffer first loss of season at Benedictine
Athletics - posted on 12/6/2008
Despite a career-high 21 points from junior guard Khendal Andrews, the Lakeland men's basketball team never led after the 13-minute mark of the first half, en route to a 75-60 setback at Benedictine on Saturday afternoon in Lisle, Ill.
The loss was the team's first of the 2008-09 season in its second Northern Athletics Conference contest.
After Andrews (Kankakee, Ill.) cut the Eagles lead to 22-21 with a
3-pointer at 8:12 in the first half, Benedictine closed the frame with a 13-4 run to take a 37-25 advantage into the locker room.
The closest the Muskies (3-1, 1-1 NAC) would get after the break was with 7:23 remaining in the game. A pair of free throws by Andrews brought Lakeland to within six, but the Eagles quickly pushed the lead back up to 12 just over two minutes later.
"It was a dog fight back and forth, but it was a 10-point game for 30 minutes of the game," Lakeland head coach Aaron Aanonsen said. "We had some mental breakdowns defensively that just can't happen, and we gave them a lot of confidence."
Andrews, a 5-foot-9 combo guard, shot seven-of-13 from the field, connecting on five 3-pointers for the game. Andrews had struggled to find his touch in the team's first three games, shooting under 20 percent from the field.
"Today was a building block for Khendal," Aanonsen said. "If we are going to be successful in this league, we need him to play well at that off-guard position."
Freshman point guard Josh Regal (Suring) posted 16 points, a team-high eight rebounds and four assists.
The Eagles (4-2, 1-1) made 11 3-pointers and converted 16 of 22 free throws, making three more than Lakeland attempted from the stripe.
The Muskies have a week off before returning to the court to face Concordia Chicago next Saturday at 4:15 p.m. in the team's NAC home opener.
"Our guys have finals this week, so they need to take care of their work in the classroom first," Aanonsen said. "We'll make a few adjustments and get back to business this week in preparation for Concordia Chicago on Saturday."
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