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Monmouth falls to Vikings in overtime

February 26, 2016

Senior Ross Langlois defending the lane. / Michelle Ravel - The Courier

The Fighting Scots men’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker this past Saturday to Lawrence University to finish up the season. The OT loss leaves the Scots in 5th place in the Midwest Conference, a game off from making the conference tournament.

“We battled hard right until the end,” said senior Ben Friday. “It’s a shame we couldn’t come away with the win when time expired, but we played hard and never gave up. I’m proud of the team and couldn’t have asked for a better group of players to play with in my final season.”

The Scots charged out to a 10-3 lead early, finished off by a fast break slam from senior Jon Calhoun. Monmouth’s lead would eventually grow to as many as 11 points, but the Vikings battled back behind Troy Miller’s 12 points.

The Scots took a one-point lead over the Vikings as the two teams went into the locker rooms for halftime. Senior Matt Jahola, who canned 12 points and four boards, shooting 5-6 from the field and 2-2 from beyond the arc, led the Scots in the first half. Senior Reed Goodbred also added nine points.

“We really played our own game in the first half,” said Friday. “They evened up the score at one point, but we made sure to have the momentum in our favor before time expired.”

The Scots held the lead the entire second half until Lawrence University’s Jeremy Stephani sank a three to tie up the game with 1:29 left in the half. Another three and a free throw by the Vikings put the Scots down four with 45 seconds remaining.

The Scots answered with an and-one from sophomore Will Jones to keep the Scots within one. A forced Viking turnover gave the Scots a chance to take the lead with 36 second remaining.

Freshman Lamont Mitchell then capitalized with a jumper in the paint to give the Scots back the lead. A foul by Jones gave Evan Mclaughlin a chance to win it all but only made one of two shots from the charity stripe to send the game into extra time.

It was all Lawrence in over-time as Monmouth failed to force stops. The Vikings cruised to a seven-point victory to knock off the Scots on Senior Day.

“I loved every minute of being a Fighting Scots basketball player,” said Friday. “I made a ton of memories with some awesome teammates over my four years at Monmouth. I wouldn’t trade any of the experiences I had here. It would have been awesome to have been able to make the tournament, but everything happens for a reason.”

Yesterday, sophomore Will Jones was awarded the honor of all-conference for the second straight year. The Scots finish the Season with an overall record of 13-10 and 9-9 in the Midwest conference.

Connor Gillen
Sports Contributor

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