Men’s basketball team continues to struggle

Danny Spatchek, Staff Writer

The Lakeland men’s basketball team dropped its seventh straight game, 65-51, to Concordia, Wis., in the Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium last Wednesday night.

The Muskies stuck with Concordia in the first half, but a 12-2 Falcon run in the first five minutes of the second half propelled the visitors to victory.

Concordia’s full-court press led to 13 Muskie turnovers in the first half but a 38.7 shooting percentage put the Falcons ahead by only three at the break. Concordia shot better in the second half and pushed its lead to 13 at the 15:07 mark.

“We came out flat-footed and didn’t play aggressively on offense,” Lakeland coach Aaron Aanonsen said. “We didn’t do the things we did well when we beat Concordia earlier in the year.”

The Muskies had a tough night offensively, shooting just 34 percent from the field.

Junior guard Khendal Andrews scored a team-high 13 points, but no other Lakeland player registered double digits.

Freshman forward Jake Schwarz, freshman guard Josh Regal, and junior forward Anthony Cobb each grabbed seven rebounds in the contest.

Lakeland then lost its eighth consecutive game, 68-57, to conference foe Marian on Saturday afternoon at Marian. The loss dropped Lakeland out of contention for the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament.

The Muskies failed to make key defensive stops and committed major second-half turnovers, which proved to be the difference in the game.

A baseline jump shot by Schwarz closed Marian’s lead to one with 4:55 remaining in the contest, but a veteran Marian squad closed the door on the Muskies with seven straight points.

Lakeland shot only 35 percent in the first half, which put them on the wrong side of a 26-17 score at half.

“We lost the momentum we had earlier in the year,” Aanonsen said. “We can’t make the plays we need to win games.”

Schwarz and Regal scored 22 and 21 points, respectively. No other Lakeland player eclipsed four points.

Schwarz and Cobb each pulled down six boards.

“The injury to our only senior, Peter Worth, really hurt us this season,” said Aanonsen. “We played a large number of freshmen who are fatigued right now. The college basketball season is much longer and much more intense than the high school season.”