College basketball: Aurora U. stays unbeaten in NAC
By Bill Kindt For Sun-Times Media January 12, 2013 7:36PM
Updated: February 3, 2013 9:49PM
When a two-year starter suddenly finds himself watching from the bench when the game starts it could create an acute case of depression.
Not so for Aurora University junior Scott Laskowski. He wears it like a badge of honor.
“With every new year it’s a new team,” Laskowski said Saturday after coming off the bench to record a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) in helping the Spartans carve out an 89-78 victory over Concordia-Wisconsin.
“It was a change I felt comfortable making,” he added. “You have to think of the team first, (and) I fit in better with the second group.”
It was a battle royal from start to finish. The Falcons (8-6, 5-2 NAC) simply refused to go away.
Every time AU (11-4, 6-0) appeared ready to bolt to an insurmountable lead, Concordia caught a spark and put some concern on the Spartan bench.
While it was true that it was almost a wire-to-wire victory since the Falcons held only one lead (2-0), AU needed every ounce of energy from every number coach James Lancaster called.
Laskowski was one of those keys. He scored 10 straight AU points during one spurt to spark the Spartans to a 66-49 lead. Some of his moves inside came from watching the game from a seat alongside Lancaster to start the game.
“It gives me an opportunity to sit back and watch things for a minute,” Laskowski said. “When you’re a starter you have to learn on the fly. When you’re sitting on the bench you have a chance to see what kind of plays they’re running.”
“Everybody knows that (Laskowski) is an all-conference player,” Lancaster said. “When he comes in he changes things for us. When he can come in off the bench and get a double-double, that makes us really tough.”
There was plenty of help from other areas.
Marious Lobdell led the offense with 18 points while Kalmon Stokes added 16, and both Jordan Hester and Mike Bumber had 10 points each.
“We didn’t shoot the ball like we normally do (39 percent) but our defense kept us in it,” Lancaster said. “(But) we beat a good team tonight not playing our best.”
Then there was Joel Iventosch, another member of the bench mob. He was 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the final 66 seconds to help seal the victory.
Concordia-Wisconsin 81, Aurora 60 — The Spartans were no match for the Falcons and dropped to 5-10 overall and 2-6 in the NAC.
“We thought we could keep it a little closer than we did,” AU coach Ari Iventosch said. “It just slipped away from us.”
Ciara Marlow and Bethany Dorrington each scored 10 points to lead the Spartans. Concordia (10-5, 8-2) had five players in double figures.