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Men’s basketball: Aurora U. downs Wisconsin Lutheran

AurorUniversity's Mark Adams dives for loose ball during Tuesday's game against WisconsLutheran. | Phocourtesy Al Benson

Aurora University's Mark Adams dives for a loose ball during Tuesday's game against Wisconsin Lutheran. | Photo courtesy of Al Benson

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Updated: January 15, 2013 10:57PM

If there is one thing Marious Lobdell loves more than anything else it is to help a teammate score a basket.

Yes, the Aurora University junior can also put the ball in the basket. It just isn’t his favorite thing.

“To be honest, I’d much rather have the assist,” Lobdell said Tuesday night after AU slipped past stubborn Wisconsin Lutheran, 71-59. “Scoring isn’t my first mentality. As a point guard I do the things coach (James Lancaster) wants me to do. Scoring and stuff like that is just a perk.”

Lobdell did a lot of both as the Spartans improved to 12-4 overall and 7-0 in the Northern Athletics Conference.

He led all scorers with 22 points and had seven assists and two steals. All of it was needed as the Spartans had a tougher than anticipated struggle against a team they beat by 26 points (80-54) on Nov. 27 in Milwaukee.

The Spartans didn’t pull away from the Warriors (7-11, 4-5) until senior Mike Bumber (16 points) knocked down back-to-back three-point shots for a 57-46 lead. Until Bumber caught fire, the Warriors were barking at the door to the upset.

“We were pretty much lackadaisical to start the game,” Lobdell said. “The second time around they know what you want to do, the plays you run and the style you play.”

AU, which has won 12 of its last 13 games, won the game by playing crushing defense. The Spartans held the Warriors to 32 percent shooting. Wisconsin Lutheran’s top two scorers — Tim Demuth and Nate Bauer — were a woeful 3-for-25.

“I was proud of our defense,” Lancaster said. “They absolutely murdered us on the offensive boards (21 rebounds) and that talks about aggressiveness, legs and things like that.”

Marquis Lobdell was a huge factor in holding down the outside shooting of Demuth and Bauer. He scored nine points and came up with three steals and four assists.

“He gives us a huge lift off the bench,” Marious Lobdell said. “He brings energy, plays defense as well as offense.”

While the Spartans didn’t play at their best, they still won by 12 points against a team that came to Thornton Gym hoping to blot out memories of the first game.

“You have to bring it every night in the conference. The game didn’t play out any way that I thought it would,” Lancaster said.

Except, that is, for the final score.

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