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Lutheran West 57, Fairview 44
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lutheran West outlasted Fairview last night, picking up their first Stripes Division victory of the year. It was Lutheran West’s second straight victory of the year and second win in conference. The game was won in the fourth quarter when LW finished the game on a 11-4 run, especially helped out by an intentional foul on Fairview with  45.8 seconds remaining.
After Fairview closed the gap to six points with 56.8 seconds remaining, LW put the game away with a  six point possession.  When senior Ricky Downer caught the pass, he was wide open under the basket. As he went up to put in the basket, Fairview’s feisty point guard, John Doherty, lunged toward Downer, only managing to give him a two handed push in the back. Downer made the layup, despite the foul that was correctly ruled intentional, and hit both free throws. Senior Dan Hillenbrand then made both free throws on the ensuing possession (that LW was awarded because the foul was intentional) to put the game away.  
The Longhorns found themselves down 13 to 10 at the end of the first quarter.  Coach Alan Januzzi made several adjustments to start the second quarter that paid off immediately. With the basketball being controlled better, the Longhorns limited their turnovers.  At the same time, the Longhorns pressured Fairview with multiple full court and half court trapping defenses, which created many loose ball opportunities for the Longhorns.   Capitalizing, Lutheran West took some momentum into the half with the lead 23-18.
Hillenbrand led the team with 17 points. Senior Shane Elkins added 15.

The Longhorns hit nine of 12 free throws in the final quarter to put the game away.
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
2011-12 Coach Alan Januzzi
2011-12 through 2014-15

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