Lakers scorch the net in 113-79 victory over Northwood

Photo courtesy Sam Downs
Photo courtesy Sam Downs
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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.- Sparked by a strong shooting performance and depth scoring from reserve players, Lake Superior State men's basketball rolled, 113-79, over Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rivals Northwood on Monday to open a three-game home week.

The Lakers (11-7, 8-6 GLIAC) shot a scorching 66.7 percent from the field and 64.3 percent (9-14) from three-point range to quickly jump out to a 60-35 lead at halftime. Runs of 7-0 and 13-0 during the middle portions of the first half helped the LSSU build the early lead while the Timberwolves (5-18, 3-11 GLIAC) shot just 44.0 percent (11-25) from the field and committed 16 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.

Junior guard Akaemji Williams went 8-of-10 from the field and 4-for-5 from behind the arc in the first half to score 22 points, including a buzzer-beating jumper to put the Lakers ahead by 25 points at the break. Williams also tallied nine assists and two steals in 18 minutes of the first-half action.

Williams led all scorers with 26 points and registered his seventh double-double of the season with 11 assists. The Pontiac, Michigan native also came away with six turnovers on the defensive end.

Junior center Michael Nicholson rounded out the LSSU starters to reach double digits in scoring with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Nicholson collected his sixth double-double on the season with a game-high 10 rebounds.

LSSU relied heavily on reserves in the second half to maintain their sizable lead, which grew to as high as 39 points with 5:06 remaining in the game. Freshman Malek Adams led the LSSU bench by matching his season-high of 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor in 21 minutes of duty.

Seniors Jordan Dasuqi and Michael Smutny each hit double-digits in scoring off the bench as Dasuqi scored 12 points in 16 minutes and Smutny scored 10 points and five rebounds in 14 minutes of work.

Northwood was led off the bench by Nick Spitzley with a team-high 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor.

LSSU controlled the paint in the game by a 40-20 margin and capitalized on 23 Timberwolves turnovers to score 33 points. The Lakers bench outscored Northwood's bench 51-42.

The Lakers remain at home this week, hosting Upper Peninsula rivals Northern Michigan on Thursday and Michigan Tech on Saturday.