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Gilmour 77, Lutheran West 64
By Peter Koza  | staff
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Longhorns suffered a tough loss at the hands of Gilmour last night, falling to the Lancers 77-64.  Lutheran West came out slow in the first half, dug themselves a hole, and could never really get out of it. Down 15 at halftime, they played much better in the second half, but couldn’t pull out the win.  
Lutheran West’s players and coaches acknowledge that they haven’t played a full-game at the pace Coach Alan Januzzi expects. The Longhorns started out the game at a slow pace and that hindered their performance the rest of the night. The pace in the first half Tuesday was very similar to the first half pace in Friday’s game against Columbia in which LW fell behind by over 10 at the half but then came back and won with a strong second half. Coaches pointed to the slow pace being the main reason for the double digit half time deficit in both games.
Tuesday, Gilmour came out fast and physical, the way Coach Januzzi asks of his LW players, and at the first timeout the score was 19-9 in favor of Gilmour.  The deficit was extended to 15 points heading into halftime.
The Longhorns came out fast in the second half, looking like a different team. Hot shooting and this fast pace allowed the Longhorns to go on a run that, at one point in the quarter, cut the Lancer’s lead to only four points. Morale was high in the Lutheran West huddle, with momentum on their side heading into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was a physical fought battle, with both teams matching each other with 20 points apiece, but LW could not cut into the lead any more.
Junior Dan Hillenbrand led the team with 18 points.  Senior Ricky Downer had 14, and sophomore Chris Scott had 10.

Tue 12/6/11
L, 61-49
Fri 12/9/11
L, 67-64
Tue 12/13/11
L, 67-59
Fri 12/16/11
W, 68-60
Tue 12/20/11
W, 57-44
Tue 1/3/12
W, 82-39
Fri 1/6/12
L, 53-51
Tue 1/10/12
L, 66-59
Fri 1/13/12
W, 68-65
Tue 1/17/12
L, 77-64
Fri 1/20/12
L, 68-64
Tue 1/24/12
L, 83-66
Fri 1/27/12
W, 83-58
2011-12 Coach Alan Januzzi
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