LSSU Ready For Men’s Basketball Season to Start

SAULT STE. MARIE — Lake Superior State finished the 2020-21 season with an 8-11 record, marking the Lakers’ second straight season with a record below .500 in men’s basketball.

Like most teams in their conference, the Lakers return a majority of their players thanks to the extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19.

The team’s top-5 scorers from last season are back for this year, including Kemon Bassett, who led the Lakers with 15.2 points per game.

I think our depth up front (will be key), especially,” LSSU head coach Steve Hettinga said. “We were a little bit thin up front. We had Kemon Bassett, who ended up being first team all-conference, playing center for us, and he’s more of a natural power forward. So we brought in a lot of size. We brought in three guys 6-foot-8 or bigger. We’re really exciting about bringing them into our mix.”

Lake Superior State played two exhibitions to start the year, and their presence inside played a role. The Lakers defeated Alma, 88-51, but lost to Oakland, 91-81.

They out-rebounded the Scots, 39-32, and outscored them in the paint, 50-22, in the victory. In their loss, the Lakers had just 29 rebounds compared to Oakland’s 45. The Lakers also had just 28 points in the paint compared to their opponent’s 48 points.

Lake Superior State’s men’s basketball team will have to wait another week for its season to start after having its first two games canceled due to COVID-19. They will face Westminister at home on Nov. 19 at 5 p.m.

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