Benedictine Men Suffer First NACC Defeat

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PLYMOUTH, WI - The Benedictine University men's basketball team played from behind virtually the entire contest and dropped a conference game for the first time this season at Lakeland University on Wednesday night.

Lakeland 81, Benedictine 71

Lakeland surged to a 9-0 lead just over a minute and a half into the contest
The lead extended to 21-10 with 13:41 left in the first half
Benedictine slowly chipped away, pulling within four on two occasions after points from Eric Grygo at 27-23 and 31-27 and again at 33-29 on a jumper from Brayden Olson
Kejuan Glosson connected on a three-pointer with 2:31 left in the half to draw Benedictine within 37-34
Lakeland led 45-38 at the half and held a 53-44 lead five minutes into the second
Grygo opened an 8-0 run with a pair of free throws and a tip from Jens Soderholm made the score 53-52 with 12:16 to go
Soderholm evened the contest with a layup at the 10:32 marker and put Benedictine ahead for the first time a minute later with two free throws
Trailing 63-61 with 8:06 left, Lakeland utilized a 16-4 run to take a 77-67 advantage with 2:30 remaining and went on to lead by 14
the defeat marked only the second conference loss in the last two-plus seasons for Benedictine, both on the road

Benedictine shot 53.3 percent in the first half but made only one three-pointer the entire contest, finishing 1-for-13 from three-point range
Benedictine shot 45.2 percent for the contest and was outrebounded 48-40
Soderholm tallied another double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, his fifth of the season
Grygo piled up 17 points with Olson adding 16 and five assists
Kenny Bogus was the fourth player in double figured with 12

Benedictine (7-5, 6-1 NACC) hosts MSOE on Saturday afternoon.