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Lutheran West 67, Keystone 52
By Emilie Hausmann staff
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ROCKY RIVER --  Thanks to a spectacular showing by junior Clay Carper in the second half of Tuesday night’s contest, the Lutheran West Longhorn men’s basketball team took a 67-52 victory over Keystone in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover match.

Through the first three quarters, both teams played pretty evenly with the teams exchanging the lead six times, until Lutheran West pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 17-4 run to put the game out of reach.

Late in the third quarter was another big turning point for the ‘Horns as Carper hit three of his 3-pointers in a four-minute span of the quarter to help his team cut a six point deficit. With the resurgence, West was able to take the lead back for good with 1:41 left in the quarter when sophomore Jack Kelshimer hit a three to make the score 41-39.

“My teammates did a good job of feeding me the ball and I really felt like I was in the zone,” Carper said. “This was a great team win for us. We pushed the ball and played the way we are capable of and we beat a really good Keystone team.”

LW started strong in the first quarter, taking an early 11-3 lead only to see the Wildcats answer with a 19-5 run that would give them a 22-16 lead late in the second quarter. Keystone maintained their lead through the rest of the quarter and took a 24-19 lead into halftime. The Longhorns also struggled with fouls and got into trouble early.

“I was really proud of our guys tonight,” Lutheran West coach Alan Januzzi said. “We got in early foul trouble for the third game in a row and Key­stone made a couple of nice runs there, but everyone responded really well tonight. I think the key for us tonight was our depth. We were able to wear them down in the fourth quarter."

The Longhorns (3-0, 2-0) have been able to play and stay strong throughout the course of their games. They have not been struggling late in games as their opponents have, which has helped the team secure their late game victories.

In the win over Keystone, LW remained strong, but also played clean ball and went with what worked. Against the Wildcats, the team saw that shooting on the perimeter was winning the game and as a result, kept feeding the ball to Carper.

Carper finished the night 6-6 from behind the arc and 8-9 overall, totaling his game high 23 points.
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2013-14 Coach Alan Januzzi
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