Men’s basketball: Kalmon Stokes helps engineer AU blowout
By Bill Kindt For Sun-Times Media January 26, 2013 7:42PM
Updated: February 3, 2013 9:48PM
How do you figure them out?
In less than 72 hours they made a bad team look good and a good team look bad.
Aurora University did both this week at Thornton Gym, struggling to defeat 2-16 Concordia-Chicago (78-75) on Wednesday, then blitzing 13-7 Milwaukee School of Engineering (85-60) on Saturday afternoon.
“Our guys were ready for it,” AU coach James Lancaster said of the rout of MSOE. “It was a total team effort.”
What the Spartans did to the Raiders was textbook under the chapter on rout. Lancaster used his superior depth to tire the Raiders, then the Spartans used their quickness to pound the dagger in deeper.
MSOE (7-4 in the Northern Athletics Conference) trailed by only 44-33 early in the second quarter when AU went to work. Keyed by freshman Kalmon Stokes, the Spartans went on a 17-2 run to open up a commanding 61-35 lead with 13:20 remaining.
There would be no recovery time for the Raiders.
Stokes hit a 3-point shot from out front to start the run, then scored inside off a feed from Marious Lobdell. Stokes finished with a game-high 20 points in 26 minutes of court time.
“We challenged him,” Lancaster said. “There’s been a lot of talk in the conference that MSOE has the two best freshmen in the conference. (Stokes) really played a great all-around ballgame, but he’s capable of that.”
Marious Lobdell, back after missing the last two games, added 17 points and five assists, and the Spartans also received strong play off the bench from Marquis Lobdell (6 points, 7 rebounds), Mark Adams (4 points, 4 rebounds) and Scott Laskowski (9 points, 5 rebounds).
It all added up to a dominating win for the Spartans, who improved to 15-5 overall and 10-1 in the NAC.
All the Spartans saw playing time and 11 put points on the board, and the Spartans had 15 assists on their 31 baskets.
“I always say I never know where I’m going to get it (scoring) on a given night, but I know I have options,” Lancaster said. “Our guys enjoy playing together.”
AU 59, MSOE 44 — Bethany Dorrington scored 21 points, grabbed six rebounds and had five assists as the Spartans improved to 7-12 overall and 4-8 in the conference.
“We came out the second half and dominated on the defensive end,” AU coach Ari Iventosch said. “It was the most complete game Bethany has played.”
Shay Jenkins added 18 points, hauled in seven rebounds and added five assists for the Spartans.