Laker teams split with NIACC

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MASON CITY - The Iowa Lakes men overcame a slow start against 10th-ranked North Iowa Area Community College and ended up with an 108-96 road victory on Wednesday.

The 15th-ranked Lakers trailed by 12 points three minutes into the game, but rallied to lead 55-50 by half-time.

"That was a good win for our team against a top team in the country," said Iowa Lakes coach Troy Larson. "Our guys played tough after a not so good start and we were able to come away with a victory."

The Lakers were efficient from the floor shooting 50 percent from the floor (39-of-78) and from 3-point range (11-of-22) while shooting 79 percent (19-of-24) from the free throw line. NIACC shot 45 percent (34-of-75) from the floor, but just 17 percent (3-of-18) from 3-point range.

The Lakers also out-rebounded the Trojans by 16, 57-51.

Keshawn Pegues led five Lakers in double digits with 25 points and 20 rebounds. Justin Brookens tossed 20 points to go along with five assists while Malcolm Clayton had 16 points. Alan Kikwaki, last week's ICCAC Player of the Week, came off the bench for 13 points. Dillon Carlson and Xavier Evans each had eight points, Josh English had four points and Kevin Cook had two.

Wendell Matthews led the Trojans with 29 points.

Iowa Lakes (14-3 overall, 3-1 in the ICCAC) will host DMACC at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday in Estherville. Sunday's scheduled game against Dakota Wesleyan Junior Varsity is postponed to Jan. 26 with a 3 p.m. tip.

No. 6 NIACC too much for Iowa Lakes

The Iowa Lakes women lost 84-69 to sixth-ranked North Iowa Area Community College on Wednesday.

The host Trojans led from start to finish with a 15-8 lead after one quarter, 42-27, at halftime and 67-47 after three quarters.

Iowa Lakes' Saturday game against the Gustavus Adolphus Junior Varsity on Saturday was canceled. The Lakers are home against Des Moines Area Community College at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday. They also host Ellsworth on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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