Keegan George’s jump shot caught fire on Saturday, and that was bad news for the Warriors of Western Michigan Christian.
George, who struggled with his shot early in his sophomore season, poured in a career-high 17 points, including three 3-pointers, leading visiting Spring Lake to a 65-40 win over WMC.
George scored seven points in the opening quarter, when Spring Lake shot a collective 9-of-13 to the floor compared to just 2-of-12 for WMC. That helped the Lakers post a commanding 22-8 lead at the end of the first.
“It was a great start, and probably the most complete game we’ve played this year,” said Lakers’ coach Bill Core, whose team improves to 6-4 after starting the year 0-4. “Keegan, we’ve just been waiting for him. His confidence was a bit down there before Christmas, but he stayed after practice and worked on his shooting with Coach (Randy) White, and he had his best game.
“We’re excited to see it. We’ve been looking for a third scorer, and we knew he would be that guy eventually.”
The Lakers’ other two scorers handled their business as well. Senior center Nick Goeglein scored 13 points to go with 11 rebounds, six blocks and three assists, while Kyle Zietlow lit up the scoreboard with 16 points.
While the offense was outstanding, the Lakers’ defense was also up to the task, holding WMC’s explosive center Bernard Smith to just eight points, about a third of his season average.
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