By: Zack Bucher

The Men’s basketball team beat Lakeland College 77-66. This win brought the eagles within a half game of first place in the conference.
The Eagles started off as they fired off a 10-0 run to start the game. The Eagles kept putting the pressure on as they continued to dominate, increasing the lead to 38-15 at one point in the first half. The score did not change much after going into the locker room, as the Eagles carried a 38-17 lead into the second half.
The second half is where Lakeland began to fight back, as they would battle to 48-38 with about twelve minutes to go in the second half. Benedictine would not back down as they continued their offensive pressure, getting the lead back up to as much as 15 points. Lakeland continued their strong half and put the score at 62-55, with about five minutes to go in the game.
“I think we played really well defensively and that is a huge point of emphasis for us to be successful. We have a great chance if winning a conference championship if we defend as well as we did Saturday night,” said junior Niji Lomax.
This is where the Eagles shut the door again and pushed their lead up to 15 once more before the buzzer sounded. The Eagles never trailed as they cruised to victory.
The Eagles played well offensively shooting 53% from the field and dominating on the glass, outrebounding Lakeland 38-29.
“We came out with a great deal of urgency that put them away early and it was too late for them to recover,” said junior guard Michael Carter, Jr.
The Eagles look to close out their regular season schedule strong, as they take on Rockford on the road Wednesday night.
“We played a really great game. I am looking forward to see what conference playing will be like. Come out and cheer on men’s basketball,” said senior forward Tim McGinty.