WATERTOWN, WI – The Maranatha Baptist University men’s basketball team put on a clinic on Saturday against Northland College from Ashland, showing fluid ball-movement, and matching the Lumberjacks’ fast-paced offense, but yielding in the end, 72-67.
Both teams took their time in the opening minutes of the game, however, the intensity started right away, in a scrappy game, featuring physical play in the early-goings, followed by hot-shooting by both teams later on.
Maranatha jumped out to an early 10-4 lead on a layup by freshman guard Brady Moses (Lodi, WI), but Northland grabbed an 11-10 lead, and increased it to 22-10, forcing head coach Keith Salscheider, to call a timeout.
The break was enough to spark a 12-0 run by Maranatha, keyed by Moses, who had eight of those points, and freshman center Zach Terpstra (Barron, WI), who had consecutive baskets, to pull the Crusaders even with the Lumberjacks, at 22-all.
Maranatha continued to develop an offensive rhythm, shooting 48% from the field while forcing Northland’s 6-6 forward, Mike Boebel (Deerfield, WI), into early foul trouble.
Despite losing a key post player, Northland carried a 32-28 advantage thanks to sharp-shooting from both Tyler Peterson (3-4, 3-PT Range), and Zach Ringhouse (2-4, 3-PT Range).
Maranatha would need to overcome the hot-hand of Peterson and Ringhouse, and did just that entering halftime after a bucket, followed by an and-one from senior forward Scott Sutter (Cincinnati, OH), that put Maranatha ahead, 38-32. Maranatha led 38-34 at the break, and increased the lead to seven after a free-throw by Terpstra at the 17-minute mark.
A turnover, and a transition basket by Northland tied the game at 45-45, and over the next 15 minutes, both teams would combine to tie it up on eight different occasions, in a whirlwind of activity that finally slowed down at 10:34 left in the game, and a 55-54 Lumberjack lead.
The next three minutes saw multiple turnovers from both teams before Terpstra picked the pocket of Northland player, and found Brady Moses, who was fouled in transition. Moses nailed both of his free-throw attempts, giving the home team a slim, one-point lead.
Maranatha seemed poised to come away with their third win of the season, on a clutch three by Moses that gave the Crusaders a 63-58 lead, with under five minutes remaining, however, Northland would not back down, scoring five straight points for the last tie of the game, at 63 apiece.
The momentum favored the Lumberjacks in the ensuing minutes, as consecutive three-pointers by Ringhouse and freshman guard Dan Campion (Sheboygan, WI) gave Northland a convincing six-point lead.
Freshman guard Clayton Morrison (Jefferson, WI) did all he could to bring Maranatha back, from what seemed to be an insurmountable lead with just 45 seconds left, hit a pair of free-throws, then stole an inbounds pass on the ensuing possession, and finished up with a layup that cut the deficit to just 70-67 with 39 seconds left.
The game would end though on free throws, as Maranatha put together another solid performance, and look to continue their strong play against Aurora University, on Monday, December 16, at 5:00 p.m.
Moses was the team’s leading scorer, finishing with 24 points, and three rebounds, while Terpstra grabbed seven boards to go along with 11 points and a steal.