Men’s basketball dominant in early season

Alec Noa, Staff Reporter

The Lakeland College men’s basketball team took on conference foe Edgewood College in their home opener. This game was a rematch from last year’s conference finals in which Edgewood beat Lakeland to take the title.

This time Lakeland wasn’t having any of that, taking it to Edgewood and upping the tempo the entire game. After a game filled with cheers and suspense, the Muskies prevailed 79-65, remaining undefeated in conference play.

Stand-out player was senior Jake Schwarz who had 23 points in the second half to lead the Muskies to sweet victory.

The Muskies looked to maintain perfection when they took on Benedictine on Dec. 1. The Muskies achieved their goal in taking down Benedictine 87-80. The win put the Muskies to a perfect 4-0 and 2-0 in conference play. The Muskies were led by Junior Justin Ward who scored a noteworthy 32 points. The Muskies shot for 57 percent in the impressive performance on the road.

The recent outstanding performances by Schwarz and Ward are par for the course thus far in the season. In his first four games, Schwarz has averaged 25.3 points per game while grabbing 8.8 rebounds per contest. Ward has also been more than productive, averaging 20.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per a game. In addition, sophomore Joey Burris has contributed 18.8 points while adding 3.0 rebounds per contest.

The Muskies look to extend their winning streak at home on Dec. 4 when they take on Concordia University Wisconsin at 7 p.m.