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Oberlin 68, Lutheran West 64
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Friday, January 20, 2012

Lutheran West fell to Oberlin last night in familiar fashion by digging themselves a double digit hole early in the game, making a furious comeback in the fourth and then falling short in the last moments of the game. Senior Shane Elkins led the Longhorns with 17 but it wasn’t enough, as Lutheran West fell short again. West has now lost three of its last four games, and drops to 3-5 in conference play, three full games behind conference-leading Columbia. 
Down by 14 points late in the third quarter, Lutheran West began its comeback by cutting the lead down to 49-42 by the end of the third. Oberlin responded by building the lead back to ten with two minutes to play. Lutheran West did not help itself, missing six free throws in the second half and consistently turning the ball over.
LW wasn’t going to go quietly, cutting the Oberlin lead to two at 66-64 with less than 10 seconds to play. Sophomore Chris Scott tied up the Oberlin guard attempting to bring the ball up the court. Since LW had the possession arrow, they were awarded possession, but promptly threw the ball away on a pass to senior Ricky Downer under the hoop.   The play nicely summed up the game for the Longhorns, who made a nice defensive play to give themselves a chance to tie or win the game, only to turn the ball over and let the chance slip through their fingers.
LW was outscored by Oberlin in the first quarter 18-9, but outscored the Phoenix 55-50 the rest of the way.
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
Tue 1/31/12
L, 65-52
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