WATERTOWN, Wis. – The Crusaders held a lead during the second half only to see the Spartans upend them, 65-52.
After the Spartans bolted out to an 8-2 lead, the Crusaders trimmed the deficit to 20-18 on a jumper by junior guard Matt McGivern.
Sophomore guard Matt Hunter stole the ball from Aurora’s Jordan Hester right before the half, to put him at the line. Hunter hit both free throws for a 24-24 halftime score.
Kyle Kutz’ free throw shot gave Maranatha its largest lead of the night, 41-34. That lead would not hold long as Jordan Hester hit three after three to finish the game 6-7 from beyond the arc.
His efforts helped seal the loss for Maranatha, as the Crusaders dropped to 2-7, and 1-5 in the NAC.
Kutz played particularly well, never missing a shot, in going 7-7 from the field for 20 points while chipping in 8 rebounds.
Junior forward Joel Borchardt (Watertown, Wis.) finished the game with 12 rebounds and eight points while limiting Aurora’s Scott Laskowski to 15 points, who scored 31 points in his last game.
Coach Ring stated,
“It was a great effort by our guys, but we had a stretch where we were turning it over and Jordan Hester and Aurora were knocking down shots. I was impressed with Kyle Kutz and all the little things he did for us, as well as Joel who limited Laskowski throughout the game. We hope this is a continued step in the right direction.”
The Crusaders hope that improvement comes at Edgewood on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m.