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Monmouth College Men's and Women's Basketball Drop Both Games of MWC Road Doubleheader

Justin Aluya, Monmouth College men’s basketball

For the third straight game, the outcome was decided in the final minute as the Scots find themselves one game back of the league leaders in the Midwest Conference after dropping a 72-70 decision at Lake Forest Wednesday night.

After 13 lead changes the Foresters took the lead for good with 1:07 left in the game, handing Monmouth their first league loss. Knotted at 68-68, Lake Forest took the lead with a free throw and upped the margin to three at 71-68 on an inside bucket. D.J. Swift quickly answered, sinking a pair of free throws on his way to 14 points with four seconds left to keep the Scots within a possession at 71-70. Monmouth then sent the Foresters to the line where they hit a free throw with a second left and missed the next, giving Monmouth the ball as the rebound caromed out of bounds.

Following a Lake Forest timeout, the Scots’ long pass and ensuing shot missed the mark for the Scots’ first MWC loss this season and marking the third straight game decided by five points or less.

Justin Aluya led the Scots with 18 points and nine rebounds while Will Jones added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Swift finished with 14 points and four assists.

Tia Robertston, Monmouth College women’s basketball

Monmouth never trailed over the first 10 minutes of the game and stayed within reach in the second half of a 78-68 loss at Lake Forest.

Tia Robertson pumped in a game-high 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting, but the Scots weren’t able to hang on after taking an 18-17 first quarter lead. The Foresters inced ahead in the second quarter, taking the lead for good at the 6:52 mark, but the Scots refused to give in. Trailing 36-29 at the half, Robertson opened the third quarter with an inside bucket and Demi Johnson drianed a 3-ball to cut the margin to four in the first minute. Lake Forest then countered stretching their lead to 51-37 with 5:16 to play in the period before the Scots again staged a comeback.

Another layup by Robertson in the final seconds of the third quarter trimmed the deficit to eight at 58-50 before Carley Turnbull and Keri Dodson drained back-to-back threes to open the fourth frame. Robertson’s bucket after a Yvonne Ornelas steal cut it to two points, 60-58, with 7:70 remaining, but that would be as close as Monmouth would get as the Foresters iced the game with an 11-2 run.

Turnbull (16) and Johnson (12) joined Robertson in double figures.

Both teams travel to Lawrence on Saturday for another MWC matchup.

 

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