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Lakers upset No. 12 Southwestern for fifth straight win

By Staff | Jan 15, 2008

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Lakes men’s basketball team came up with its biggest win so far this season with an 82-72 victory over No. 12 Southwestern on Saturday.

“Out side of the turnovers, this was a very highly contested game,” said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson.

The Lakers have now won five straight games to start 2008 and improve to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

At times play seemed sporadic from both teams–the Lakers had 27 turnovers and the Spartans had 21–other times, neither team could get a stop.

“We’ve had difficulty playing with consistency,” said Larson. “When we play hard, we’re a good team.”

Whether Iowa Lakes could compete with Southwestern remained a question through the first few minutes of the game.

Trailing 17-8 with seven minutes gone, the Lakers struggled to even score.

Suddenly Mitch Bain got hot and scored six points in a 9-0 Laker run that included a 3-pointer by Bill Geelan and the two teams had a tied ball game at 17-17.

The two teams played even until the final three minutes when the Lakers got their first lead when Bain, a 6-foot guard, posted up his defender an scored a layup.

A 3-pointer and two free throws by Cornelius Vines pushed the Laker lead to five at 38-33 and a 3-pointer from Jimmie Marshall gave Iowa Lakes a 41-35 halftime lead.

The Lakers started to take control in the second half, scoring the first seven points on baskets by David Fox and Jackson Parr and another 3-pointer from Marshall in the first three minutes.

The Spartans had another rally in them though and scored the next seven points. The visitors tied the game at 56-56 when Marshall picked up his fourth foul and Terrance Morgan knocked down two free throws.

Southwestern hit the next two shots and suddenly had a five-point lead, 62-57 with 10 1/2 minutes remaining.

The Lakers came back with three straight 3-pointers, one by Zach Fenceroy and two by Vines, to push the lead to 70-64 with eight minutes remaining.

The scoring barrage suddenly stopped though as neither team could connect. Over the next five minutes, the only points scored were three free throws by the Spartans.

The Lakers drought ended with Marshall going to the free throw line twice and knocking down all four shots followed by a basket by Mike Betts to push the lead to seven at 76-69 with 1:32 remaining.

Although Marshall, Vines and Fox fouled out in the final minute, the Spartans only managed three more points.

Bain led the Lakers with 19 points while Vines had 18 and Marshall had 10.

Iowa Lakes travels to Council Bluffs today to play Division I Iowa Western.

Iowa Lakes 82, Southwestern 72

Iowa Lakes (82) – Dalston Jones 2 0-0 6; Jimmie Marshall 2 5-7 10; Bill Geelan 2 0-0 6; Mitch Bain 7 5-6 19; Cornelius Vines 5 4-6 18, Mike Betts 4 1-2 9; Zach Fenceroy 2 0-0 5; Jackson Parr 1 0-2 2; Joe Knoer 0 0-1 0; David Fox 2 3-4 7.

Halftime score — Iowa Lakes 40, Southwestern 34; 3-pointers – 10 (Vines 4, Jones 2, Geelan 2, Marshall, Fenceroy). Rebounds – 39 (Bain 12). Assists – 19 (Vines 5). Steals – 14 (Vines 5). Blocked Shots – 2 (Geelan, Vines). Turnovers – 27. Total Fouls – 29. Fouled Out – Marshall, Vines, Fox. Technical Fouls – none.