College basketball: Aurora wallops Rockford
By Bill Kindt For Sun-Times Media February 6, 2013 9:48PM
Kalmon Stokes (20) of Aurora University goes to the basket as Arthur Miller IV of Rockford defends. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 6, 2013 10:19PM
The formula is simple. The results speak for themselves.
When you start with cat-like quickness, mix in equal parts unselfish teamwork and depth to die for and finish it off with in-your-face defense, domination comes quickly.
Aurora University used that formula to perfection in brushing aside Rockford College, 97-81, at Thornton Gym Wednesday night.
And, it was not really that close.
“We played a very good first half, both offensively and defensively,” AU head coach James Lancaster said.
It was a near-perfect first 20 minutes which ended with the Spartans (17-6, 12-2 in the Northern Athletics Conference) holding a 56-32 lead.
All the Spartans did in ending any chance the Regents (8-15, 6-8) had of winning was shoot 55 percent (22 of 40), pull 27 rebounds, deal out 14 assists, steal the ball six times and turn the ball over just four times.
Oh yes, AU held Rockford to 33 percent (12 of 36) shooting.
The huge lead, which ballooned to 28 (72-44) early in the second half, did prove to be somewhat of a curse with the Regents using a 21-5 run to cut the deficit to 12 (79-67) with 9:07 remaining.
“Sometimes it’s hard to play with a big lead. We came out with energy to start the second half and then it completely collapsed,” Lancaster said. “We relaxed and put them on the free throw line. It was just sloppy.”
Not totally. The Spartans were never really in danger with Mike Bumber driving the lane for a key basket then hitting a pair of free throws to seal the victory.
Mike Bumber led a balanced AU attack with 20 points. He hit 7 of 11 shots from the field and also had two of AU’s 22 assists.
“Mike’s done a nice job for us and that rally affected Mark Adams’ minutes,” Lancaster said. “He’s (Bumber) a senior and this is the way he should be ending his career.”
Scott Laskowski (14), Jordan Hester (13), Esteban Vega (12) and Marious Lobdell (11) joined Bumber in double figures. Vega was also an igniter with six assists, five rebounds and a steal.
AU plays host to Maranatha Baptist at 4:15 p.m. Saturday on Senior Day.