The Lake Land men’s basketball team matched Vincennes University, ranked No. 9 in the nation, for the first 14 minutes Monday night.
But the Lakers went stagnant on offense and VU used a 14-2 to take a commanding 31-12 lead it rode to an 83-63 victory in the Region 24 quarterfinals at Rend Lake College.
The Lakers (9-23) struggled with its shooting in the first half, hitting just 28 percent of their shots, compared to 53 percent for Vincennes. Both teams struggled on 3-pointers, combining to go 4-19 (21%) from beyond the arc. The Lakers hit 5-8 from the free-throw line.
The second half saw VU expand the lead to 28 before Lake Land made a run to cut it to 18 with about 12 minutes remaining. The Lakers made four stops, but subsequently turned the ball over three times and missed a jumper to end the run. The lead would range from 18 to 23 the rest of the game.
Adam Price led Lake Land with 15 points and four rebounds. Jevon Morris, in his first game back after missing three games due to injury, scored 13. The final double-digit scorer was Hunter White with 10.
Kevin Osawe led Vincennes with 26 points and 13 rebounds.
Overall, Lake Land shot 37 percent compared to Vincennes’s 50 percent. Vincennes won the battle of the boards, 37-32, while Lake Land made 17 turnovers compared to VU’s 10.