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Men’s basketball effort not enough to advance in NACC tourney

Jon Rivera, Staff Reporter

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, the number four seeded Lakeland University men’s basketball team faced the number five seeded Concordia University of Wisconsin in a NACC tournament quarterfinal game. With every ounce of effort, the Muskies couldn’t take the lead for neither of the halves.

In the first half, Lakeland only tallied up 39 points while Concordia fought back and scored 50 points to take the lead going into halftime. Turnovers got to the Muskies. They committed six turnovers against the Falcon’s two turnovers. The Muskies were led by Shakur Jinad, sophomore accounting major, and Pat McDonald, junior exercise major, with a total of 18 points, scoring 9 points each.

The second half tightened up with a 12-2 run from the Muskies in the middle of the half. This made the game a two-point contest with only seven minutes left in the game. Unfortunately, Concordia answered back with a 14-3 run of their own to execute a commanding lead. Concordia pulled away during the rest of the game and took the win by the score of 99-85. Pat McDonald was the leading scorer for the Muskies with 20 points.

This marks the end of the men’s basketball team’s season with a record of 16-10 overall and a 12-8 record in conference play. Lakeland placed fourth in the season standings underneath Aurora University, Benedictine University, and Milwaukee School of Engineering.

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