Concordia cruises past LTU in women’s and men’s basketball
Monday, January 14th, 2013
By Carol Yerby
The Concordia University women’s basketball team got off to a fast start and kept on going to defeat Lawrence Technological University, 84-68, on Jan. 12. The Cardinals had an eight-point lead before freshman forward Hali Butler put LTU on the board with a three-pointer.
Butler finished the game with 28 points and two assists.
For the latest news on LTU’s athletic teams, go to bluedevilathletics.com.The second half began with the Blue Devils down, 48-33. Concordia continued to pile on the points and LTU couldn’t catch up. The Blue Devils did show improvement by scoring 35 points, just one point shy of the Cardinals’ 36 points in the second half.
The Blue Devils had a great night at the charity strip with a 94.7 free-throw percentage. They had a 40.4 field-goal percentagecompared to 46.6 percent for Concordia, which was only 60 percent from the free-throw line. Seventeen turnovers also hampered the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils had three players score in double digits. The top scorer following Butler was freshman forward Jordan Strauss (Monroe, MI) who put up 17 points with four assists. Junior forward Jackie Hood (Lake Orion, MI) had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
LTU rally fails against Concordia in men’s basketball
Lawrence Technological University’s junior guard Anthony Sisson got things rolling with a three-pointer against Concordia University on Jan. 12 and the Blue Devils kept the game close until the final minutes. But in the end Concordia prevailed, 64-53.
For the latest news on LTU’s athletic teams, go to bluedevilathletics.com.
The Cardinals never had more than an eight-point lead in the first half and had a 24-20 lead at halftime. Late in the second half the Blue Devils came close to regaining the lead with only three points separating the teams. However, missed shots and fouls allowed the Cardinals to pull away in the closing minutes of the game.
The big difference between the two teams was turnovers. LTU had 11 turnovers compared to Concordia’s five. The teams were fairly close in shooting percentages. Concordia shot 38.3 percent from the floor and LTU had a 38.0 field goal percentage.
Two Blue Devils scored in double digits. Sisson contributed 17 points and freshman forward Jon Osantowski (Grandville, MI) had 13 points. Freshman forward Brad Watterworth (Lake Orion) led in assists with four.
The Blue Devils will be on the road Jan. 16 to play Lourdes College in Toledo, OH. The next home game will be against Indiana Institute of Technology on Jan. 19. Tip-off will be at 3 p.m. following the women’s game at 1 p.m.