By Adnan Basic
The Roosevelt Men’s Basketball team have had quite the successful season so far. The Lakers are currently at a record of 20-4, with 11 of those wins coming in conference play. This has the team in 2nd place in the CCAC, and only two games out of first place.
The highlight of the year came with a win at home to Judson University. It was the teams 17th win of the season, breaking the school record for most wins in a season, with eight games to spare.
Head coach Joe Griffin was happy to see his team break the record, but understood it was only the beginning. “We are proud, yet not satisfied because we know we haven’t peaked yet, or reached our full potential,” said Griffin.
The Lakers started the season off hot, winning their opening nine contests, while playing some beautiful basketball in the process. The run came to an eventual end as Roosevelt began to lose some steam, going losing four of their next seven.
However, the team rebounded, and rebounded in a big way. The Lakers went on a nine game win streak, going undefeated in the month of January. Now, Roosevelt hopes to ride this momentum to the end of the season.
The success of the team has not gone unnoticed, as students have begun to have a phenomenal time watching their Lakers play at the Goodman Center.
The team is 11-2 at home, and are putting on quite the show whenever the step on the court.
“Attending basketball games this season is unlike anything in my past. The energy of the team is as high as the crowd,” said senior IMC major Matthew Spahr. “They are doing really good this season and have a chance at nationals.”
Junior journalism major Ian Jackson followed the team last season as a reporter for the Torch and has also noticed the improvement in play.
“Jake Ludwig had a phenomenal game leading Roosevelt to a win and these Lakers are really stepping it up this season compared to last season. I cannot wait to see what they can do to close out the year,” said Jackson.
The marquee game at the tail end of the season will come on the Feb. 10, as the Lakers host 24th ranked Governors State University. Roosevelt lost the first match between the two sides earlier in the season when they went away to GSU. However, coach Griffin won’t get caught looking too far ahead into the future.
“We have to take care of business with the three games we have before playing them, so we are not even thinking about them or that game right now,” said Griffin.