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Shane Roland Playing Well for Tourney-Bound Aurora
March 5, 2008 - The Aurora University Spartan men’s basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Northern Athletics Conference tournament with an 89-64 victory over Milwaukee School of Engineering in AU’s Thornton Gymnasium, where Aurora is now 88-10 since the 2000-2001 season.
Former Knightstown Panther Shane Roland scored 13 points in the game. The contest opened up looking like it was going to be a close ball game just as the previous two meetings were (AU win 70-63, MSOE win 88-82). The Spartans had a slight lead of 25-21 in the first ten minutes of the game as Aurora’s leading scorer, senior forward Larry Welton, spent most of the first half on the bench due to foul trouble.
The Spartans led at the break 48-33 behind the hot shooting hand of senior guard Doug Lambert who had 18 first half points on four-of-six shooting from three-point land. A couple of other Spartans had impressive halves with Roland scoring eight points on three-of-five shooting from the field and junior guard Jarrett Starwood scoring six points and four assists.
Roland scored 13 points on four-of-seven shooting from the field and two-of-two from three-point land. Starwood ended up with 12 points on four-of-nine shooting and dished out six assists. Welton finished with nine points, seven rebounds and out four assists, while junior guard Chad Trudo finished the game with seven points.
The Aurora University men’s basketball team advanced to the second round of the Northern Athletics Conference tournament with a 96-75 victory over NAC rival Benedictine University in AU’s Thornton Gymnasium, where Aurora is 87-10 since the 2000-2001 season.
The contest opened up just as the previous two meetings this season between the fierce rivals (both AU wins 85-81 and 82-80 OT). The Eagles took a 13-10 lead with 14:50 to play in the first half but that lead was quickly erased and the Spartans didn’t look back the remainder of the contest.
Aurora fueled by a 13-1 run took a 23-14 lead and built a double-digit lead with seven minutes to play in the first half. The Spartans led by 22 entering intermission, 51-29.
The Spartans were led at the break by senior forward Larry Welton, who had 16 points and five rebounds. A couple other Spartans had impressive halves; with sophomore guard Shane Roland scoring 13 points on five-of-six shooting from the field off the bench and senior guard Doug Lambert added 10 points on four-of-six shooting.
The Aurora University Spartan Men's Basketball team has been selected to participate in the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball tournament. The Spartans will take on Augustana College on Friday, March 7, in a First Round game at Augustana in Rock Island, IL. Game time is set for 8 p.m.
Friday's other First Round game will feature Washington University - St. Louis and Wooster College. The Spartan men's basketball team has a 22-6 record and is 2007-2008 Northern Athletics Conference Champions.
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