Men’s basketball program reaches 1,000 wins

Men's BasketballA week after moving to one win away from 1,000 in the history of the Aurora University men’s basketball program, the Spartans traveled to Mequon, Wis. and defeated Concordia University Wisconsin 88-80. The win gave the Spartans the impressive 1,000th win in the program’s 102 seasons.

The game was a tightly played contest with the visiting Spartans making a second-half comeback for the win.

In the first-half, both teams traded leads with AU taking a four-point lead (39-35) into the halftime intermission. Spartan senior Scott Laskowski led the way in the opening half with 13 points off the bench, including AU’s only three-point basket of the period.

The second half played out much differently in the first eight minutes as the host Falcons built an 11-point lead (64-53) with 12:00 minutes to play. An 11-0 AU run over the next 3:21 tied the contest at 64-64. The Spartan run was capped off by a highlight dunk from sophomore Kalmon Stokes that he followed with a made free-throw.

The teams traded baskets over the next few minutes and with 6:15 to play the game was tied 70-70. Stokes struck again and gave the Spartans a lead they would not relinquish when he drained a three-point basket with 6:04 to play.

AU built a six point lead on several occasions in the closing minutes before the eventual eight-point win with a final score of 88-80.

Laskowski led the way for AU with 25 points on 12-of-15 shooting from the field and nine rebounds. Stokes had 19 points and nine rebounds, Brandon Smith had 19 points and three steals, and Kyle Pilmer added eight points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.

The Spartan men’s basketball program’s 1,000th win moved the 2013-2014 Spartans to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Next action for the Spartan men’s basketball team comes on Tuesday, December 3 when they host Benedictine University. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. in Thornton Gymnasium.