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Columbia 69, Lutheran West 53
By Emilie Hausmann staff
Friday, January 11, 2013

ROCKY RIVER --  When the Lutheran West Men’s Basketball team went into Friday night’s PAC-12 game, they were looking to become the first team of the season to beat the Columbia Raiders. After a strong start in which they took a 15-9 lead after one quarter of play and looked as if they could pull off the upset, the team faltered in the second half, collecting their sixth loss of the season with a 69-53 defeat.

The Longhorns struggled to stop the explosive Columbia offense that hit nine 3-pointers on the night and shot 40%. The Raiders erupted in the second quarter and never faltered again, taking the lead for good with 24 seconds left in the first half. The Raiders were consistent in their offense, and LW had a hard time defending them. Coach Alan Januzzi commented on the loss, “We did the best we could to stop them. We tried to stop Zach Stopper and Jake Simon, and at first we did. When that happens you hope someone else doesn’t come up big, but Jay Banyasz did. When you have six players hitting 3-pointers against you, that’s so tough to defend.”

West’s defense started off by containing the Raiders’ two best scorers, but they struggled to stay on them, letting Simon score 19 and Stopper 13. In addition, when  West’s defense managed to slow them down, Columbia’s Banyasz stepped up and added 18 points.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Longhorns made a small run when they switched to a full-court press, getting them within 9 points, but the Raiders ran away with the game in the last three minutes, with their offense garnering a 12-2 run.
Fri 11/30/12
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Tue 12/4/12
W, 80-19
Fri 12/7/12
L, 52-49
Tue 12/11/12
L, 44-43
Fri 12/14/12
W, 63-59
Tue 12/18/12
W, 66-60
Sat 12/22/12
L, 47-43
Fri 1/4/13
W, 68-60
Tue 1/8/13
L, 64-62
Fri 1/11/13
L, 69-53
Tue 1/15/13
L, 67-46
Fri 1/18/13
L, 77-64
Tue 1/22/13
W, 71-60
2012-13 Coach Alan Januzzi
2011-12 through 2014-15

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