Lakers prevail in OT over NDSCS
It took a team effort for the Iowa Lakes men to defeat previously unbeaten North Dakota State College of Science 101-95 in overtime on Saturday.
The Lakers watched a seven-point lead disappear into a four-point deficit to NDSCS (8-1) with two minutes ago. However with 13 seconds left in the game, a breakaway layup by Jaylon Tapplar tied the game at 82-82. The Lakers’ defense came up with the stop needed to send the game into overtime.
In the extra period, Streeter McIlravy scored 10 of his 17 points, including a trey to put the Lakers’ up for good including two jumpers and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. Kyle Beisch, who finished with a game-high 28 points, also hit a 3-pointer in the extra period.
The Lakers took their biggest lead of the night with 27 lefts in overtime on a breakaway layup by Nakell Martin that made it 100-92. While NDSCS’s Gach Gach hit one more 3-pointer moments later, it was the last points of the night for the visitors.
The entire game was tight throughout and featured 15 ties and 12 lead changes. Many of those came in the first half with NDSCS’ Johnnie Tuner III hitting a basket before halftime to break a 44-44 tie and give the visitors a 46-44 advantage heading into the break.
After briefly taking the lead on a 3-pointer by Dennis Joiner at 49-48, NDSCS scored the next six points for their biggest lead of the game at 54-49.
The Lakers battled back to retake the lead as they went on a 14-2 run with contributions from Mitch Keller, Joiner, Beisch and Martin to take a 63-56 lead. But that was still with about 10 minutes left in the game. NDSCS fought back and had their second five-point lead at 72-67 before the Lakers rallied for the final seesaw battle over the last 5 minutes.
Besides Beisch and McIlravy, three other Lakers reached double digits in scoring with Joiner finishing with 12 and Cody Cox and Keller each with 11. Martin scored nine points, Tywon Bressler had five and Joe Binyoti and Tapplar each had four.
The Lakers shot 48 percent (35-of-73) from the floor compared to 43 percent (32-of-75) for the visitors. The Lakers had 23 assists led by Bressler with eight and McIlravy with four. Beisch had three steals.
Melvin Newbern Jr. led NDSCS with 23 points, Batemon had 22 and Gach had 20.
Iowa Lakes (4-3 overall) is at Southeastern this Saturday in Burlington.