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Lakers take down Tigers

By Staff | Jan 30, 2008

MITCHELL, S.D. — When having beaten a team by 50 points, basketball players may think they can take it easy the second time around.

The Iowa Lakes men’s basketball players learned they have to be ready for any opponent.

After beating the Dakota Wesleyan Junior Varsity 106-56 in the first game of the season, the Lakers needed a little extra effort to beat them a second time on Monday and come away with a 92-89 victory.

“We weren’t mentally prepared even though we told them that they’d (Dakota Wesleyan) would be better,” said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson. “Of course they also brought two guys down from their varsity.”

A non-conference game in the middle of the conference schedule didn’t help matters.

“We played poor defense and basically out-scored them,” said Larson.

The Lakers led by 10 points at halftime and stretched the lead to around 15 points early in the second half.

Dakota Wesleyan kept chipping at the lead though and took a two-point lead with about six minutes remaining.

Larson said the game was back and forth until about the two minute mark when the Lakers made a couple defensive stops and earned some easy baskets.

Pushing the lead to five points, Dakota Wesleyan hit a late basket for the final margin.

The Lakers were led by Cornelius Vines with 28 points while Jimmie Marshall and Mike Betts each had 14 points. Mitch Bain and David Fox tossed in eight points apiece.

Iowa Lakes (16-5, 5-1) returns to conference action Saturday, taking on Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls.