WATERTOWN, WI – It took a concerted effort by the visiting Roosevelt Lakers, to defeat a fiery and competitive Crusaders men’s basketball team, which lost 78-60 on Monday evening, in Watertown, WI.
Maranatha took control in the opening minutes on two straight three’s by senior forward Scott Sutter (Cincinnati, OH), and a jumper by freshman center Zach Terpstra (Barron, WI) put Maranatha in the driver’s seat with a 12-6 lead, six minutes into the game.
Sutter bumped the lead up to 15-8 on his third three of the game, and Maranatha’s defensive effort held Roosevelt to 34.6% from field goal range.
But the Lakers crept their way back into the game, going to the line 18 times in the first half, and converting 15 of those free-throw attempts to take a 20-19 lead at 7:44 left in the first half. On the next play though, freshman guard Adam Courtney (Guthrie Center, IA) nailed a shot from downtown to regain control, at 22-20.
Roosevelt knotted up the score on the next possession on a pair of free throws from guard Josh Hicks (Oswego, IL), and the next few minutes saw neither team hold more than a five-point lead. After a bucket that gave Roosevelt a 24-22 edge, Courtney followed up with another big three to give Maranatha their last lead before the half ended, as the Lakers managed just a 34-31 lead at the break.
Roosevelt came out of the break a different team though, shooting 54.5% from field goal range and getting to the line 23 times, hitting 17 of their attempts.
Roosevelt guard Joe Harks (Lombard, IL) sparked the team to a 50-36 lead that forced a Maranatha timeout at 14:56 in the second period, as the guard would put together a 22-point performance to help the Lakers pull away.
On one play, junior guard Tanner Moses (Lodi, WI) picked off a tipped pass by Roosevelt, shot it out to brother, Brady, who fed it to a wide open Sutter for a 64-46 deficit. On another play, Brady Moses came from behind to swat away a layup by 6’6” Elliott Vaughn (Batavia, IL) and Sutter followed up with a beautiful layup to cut the deficit to 15 at the 5 minute mark.
The Lakers finished the victor though, improving to 8-1 overall, while Maranatha dropped to 1-4 overall.
Sutter finished the game as the team’s leading scorer, going 6-15 for 19 points while Courtney chipped in 12 points, going 4-4 from the line.
Maranatha looks for continued strong play as they take on Kuyper College on Thursday, December 5, at 8:00 p.m., as part of the NCCAA Tip-Off at Kuyper College, in Grand Rapids, MI.