By Ian Jackson
In a fight from start to finish, the Lakers fell 80-79 in their game against Trinity International University on November 30.
Kyle Bumbalough scored a career-high 18 points to key the huge comeback in the second half and lead the Lakers in scoring, while Korey Ryan contributed 11 points and Jake Ludwig added eight points and eight assists.
Adam Alexander tallied 10 points off the bench, and Jason Markus went three-for-three from three to score nine points.
Jason Markus, Hospitality and Tourism Management senior at Roosevelt, said what are going to be some improvements for the games coming up. “We need to be better defensively plain and simple. We are giving up too many points on the defensive end. If we want to get where we want to be at the end of the season, we need to be tough on the defensive end,” Markus said.
According to RooseveltLakers.com, Roosevelt clawed to within two near the end of the opening period and four at intermission, and the Lakers stayed within single digits of a tough TIU team early in the second half before the Trojans would rattle off runs that brought their lead back to 12 midway through the stanza.
The Lakers would not lay down, as the grit of Bumbalough at the point and key buckets from a variety of Lakers put the Green and White back in the fight and within one of the Trojans on multiple occasions throughout the game’s final minutes.
Coach Joe Griffin shared the one thing that Trinity did in order to get the jump on the Lakers quickly.
“Their offensive rebounds and our turnovers allowed them to get out to a really good lead” Griffin said.
Griffin said what was the key focus to bringing the deficit closer at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half.
“We didn’t turn the ball over, we knew we could get good shots if we did not turn it over and our defense got better but we gave up to many offensive rebounds,” Griffin said.
Zach Harris, Hospitality and Tourism senior at Roosevelt, said what did Trinity do early to start off strong. “Their defense was tough, they were denying the passing lanes and it was hard to get into a rhythm offensively we turned it over a lot” Harris said. Harris said what did coach Griffin say to the team in timeout and the halftime break in order to help rally the comeback. “We knew we just had to defend, so we had to tighten up our defense and play harder,” Harris said.