Lansman surpasses 2,000 career points in UNK's win over Southwest Baptist

Loper senior Trey Lansman (31) elevates for a basket on his way to eclipsing 2,000 career points at UNK (KHGI)

Senior forward Trey Lansman reached the 2,000 career point mark and the Nebraska-Kearney men’s basketball team sunk 13 three pointers to beat Southwest Baptist, 80-62, Friday night at the Health & Sports Center.

This was the regular season finale for both teams. UNK (15-13, 11-8) has won five in a row while the Bearcats (12-16, 6-13) have lost three straight and seven and eight. These two teams likely will meet Tuesday night in the first round of the MIAA Tournament; the Lopers are sole possession of sixth place with SBU 11th. Pairing for the 12-team tourney will be announced tomorrow evening.

Lansman (Harlan, Ia.) came in needing nine points to become the fifth Loper to reach 2k in points. He had eight in the first half and then nailed a triple from the right wing 46 seconds into the second half to reach the milestone. Battling foul trouble, he finished with 12 points, eight boards, three assists, three blocks and a steal.

“It’s something that is well deserved. He’s done a great job with leadership and worked really hard over a four-year period to develop his skill set. It’s fun to watch him right now because he’s playing at a really high level,” said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton.

Lansman and fellow seniors Ty Danielson (York) and Lane Rohrich (Pierce) each made three triples in the game with UNK 8 of 13 from behind the arc in the first half. The 13 3’s tie a season-high effort and mark the fourth time in the last six games Kearney has had a double digit make total from downtown.

“Lane has stepped in and had a tremendous year for us. And we’re going to need him and everyone down the stretch to step up. It’s good to see our seniors playing well at this time of the year,” said Lofton.

UNK led for 37 minutes but SBU, shooting close to 50 percent most of the night, whittled a 16-point deficit down to eight midway through the second half. A dunk by freshman reserve post Weston Baker Magrath (Marshall, Min.) got the lead back into double digits and began a game clinching 13-4 run.

“We got off to a good start tonight and I think the guys were locked in for our seniors,” said Lofton.

Rohrich led the Lopers with 21 points on 8 of 10 (3 of 3 threes) shooting. Next, Danielson had 13 points (3 of 5 threes) with sophomore forward AJ Jackson (Bellevue West) having 11 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and three steals. Going 5 of 5 at the line, this is his first double double as a Loper.

Off the bench, Baker Magrath (five points, six rebounds and three blocks) and Iowa sophomore forward Kyle Juhl (three points and three assists) provided a lift. Finally, UNK tied a season-high in blocks (eight) as Rohrich had two and four others had at least one.

SBU was led by its top two players in senior wing Logan Hovey (18 points and seven rebounds) and freshman guard Chris Rossow (19 points, four assists, four rebounds and two steals).

Lopers with 2,000 Career Points

1. 2,173 Eric Strand 1996-99

2 2,158 Dusty Jura 2004-07

3. 2,100 Loren Killion 1974-77

4. 2,066 Brian Nielsen 1990-93

5. 2,003 Trey Lansman 2015-18

Courtesy UNK Sports Information

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