By Leo Clibanoff '18
The Aces used a 35-7 run during the second and third quarters to race past Springfield 77-69 on Tuesday night. Jack Forrest ’19 paced the Aces with 27 points. Steve Payne ’19 had another strong all-around effort, notching 23 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Harrison Klevan ’19 drilled four threes en route to 15 points.
It was a close affair in the first quarter as the teams ended the period tied 12-12. After a brief Cougars lead at 20-18, LM took off on an enormous run that stretched across the next ten minutes of play. The Aces closed the half scoring 14 unanswered points and pushed their advantage to 53-27 with two minutes to play in the third quarter. At one point, LM hit four consecutive threes and forced Springfield turnovers on five consecutive possessions.
In the fourth quarter, the Aces took their foot off the gas and the Cougars pounced, going on a big run of their own to pull within nine late in the game. It was too little, too late, but it spoiled what could have been one of the most dominant LM efforts this season. Still, the Aces picked up another important league win against a quality opponent.
Game notes…Technical difficulties prevented the playing of the Star Spangled Banner prior to Tuesday’s game, but the Aces bench – led by assistant coach Kevin Grugan – stepped in to provide the soundtrack. Coach Grugan and the team began singing the anthem and the crowd quickly joined in, making for a memorable start to the game.