Second-half surge pushes Lakeland to win over Marian
Athletics - posted on 1/14/2009
SHEBOYGAN - The Lakeland men's basketball team hit on all cylinders in the midst of a 21-5 second-half run, putting a sub-par showing in the first half behind it en route to an 84-77 triumph over Marian in a Northern Athletics Conference contest Wednesday at Moose & Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.
The Muskies (8-4, 3-2 NAC), who trailed 17-8 just over seven minutes into the game and 37-30 at halftime, turned the ball over just two times in the second half and received contributions from all over the floor. Lakeland turned an eight-point deficit with 18:01 remaining in the game into a 53-45 lead with just under 12 minutes to play. A pair of 3-pointers by junior guard Khendal Andrews and freshman guard Brandon Young highlighted the run, sending the crowd and the Lakeland bench into a frenzy.
"At the beginning of the game, we had energy, but we weren't mentally there," Andrews said. "During that run in the second half, we were unselfish and hit the open man, and used the energy we gained on the offensive end to make some defensive stops."
Junior forward Anthony Cobb (Milwaukee) scored all six of his points during the run, tying the game at 45-all with a put-back off a missed free throw.
"Cobb is our sixth man and our energy guy," Lakeland coach Aaron Aanonsen said. "He really gives us a lift off the bench - we generally get better when he enters the game. He is physical and is a strong rebounder for us in the post."
The Muskies turned the ball over just two times and made 20-of-23 free throws (87 percent) after halftime.
"In the second half, we played with a lot of energy and heart, and we were smarter," Aanonsen said. "We subbed a lot in the first half and tried to make sure all 10 guys in our rotation saw the floor. I think it helped our guys stay fresh in the second half after getting dominated on the boards in the first."
After Marian (4-10, 1-5) shot a sizzling 53.8 percent in the first half, the Muskies limited the Sabres to 40.5 percent from the field in the second, including a 1-of-10 mark from 3-pont range.
Freshman point guard Josh Regal (Suring) led the way for Lakeland with 21 points on 13-of-17 shooting from the free-throw line. Freshman forward Jake Schwarz (Sheboygan) recorded his second consecutive double-double with a 20-point, 10-rebound performance.
Andrews finished with 16 points, including four 3-pointers, in 31 minutes of action. After struggling in Lakeland's first seven games, Andrews (Kankakee, Ill.) has turned it on in the last six, averaging 12.8 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from 3-point range.
"As a captain and a leader, I think I was trying to do a little bit too much at the beginning of the year," Andrews said. "[Assistant] Coach [Tyler] Bormann sat me down and told me to stick with what I do best and what I did last year off the bench, and it's working."
Lakeland players and coaches were ecstatic following the win, which opened up the large stretch of league play.
"Other than getting better every day, our daily focus is playing with passion," Aanonsen said. "Our guys are giving all they have to Lakeland basketball and our youth and inexperience is becoming experience."
The Muskies close out their four-game home stand this Saturday against Aurora at 4:15 p.m.
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