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Jacobs charged out of the gate against Lakes like a team hosting its own holiday tournament on opening night should.
The difference in Saturday’s game and some other earlier contests this season was that once the Golden Eagles established a lead, they maintained it in a 67-51 victory, their third straight win.
“Coach (Jimmy Roberts) preaches that if we can get them down early, to keep them down,” Jacobs guard Ben Murray said. “We had a couple close games at the start of the year. We learned from that that we need to come out right away in the first quarter, first two quarters and just put them down right away, so they can’t crawl back -- keep them down.”
Hot shooting and an up-tempo engineered by guard Chris Orange helped Jacobs pull away early. The Golden Eagles (3-3) made 20 of their first 27 field goal attempts through three quarters (74 percent). For the game, Jacobs hit 65 percent (24-of-37).
“It was our best shooting game of the year,” Murray said.
Murray scored a game-high 20 points, including 13 in the first half when the Golden Eagles took a 36-28 lead. Orange had 17 points, including 11 in the first half.
“We’re a young team that plays young,” Lakes coach Chris Snyder said. “Unfortunately the composure is not there for long enough stretches. We were not able to get over the hump and then they extended (the lead) back out again.
“We’re having a hard time stringing together multiple solid possessions at both ends of the court.”
Behind 12 points on the night from both David Milostan and Jacob Balliu, Lakes (2-7) cut a 14-point third-quarter deficit to nine in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t make a serious run.
Murray made 5-of-6 free throws in the fourth quarter to help salt it away. Cameron Krutwig finished with a double-double for the Golden Eagles -- 10 points and 10 rebounds.