MUNSTER | A loud and colorful Munster student section started chanting loud in the second quarter of Tuesday night's home game against rival Lake Central.
“Where is Wideman? Where is Wideman?”
Well, be careful what you wish for.
Times No. 2 Lake Central was saddled for much of the night with Butler-bound big man Tyler Wideman on the bench in foul trouble. Unfortunately for Munster, Wideman came back on the floor and answered the question emphatically.
Wideman scored six points in the fourth quarter to help the Indians pull away for a 47-38 win. He finished with nine points and four rebounds in just 16 minutes of play.
Munster led 25-22 heading into the fourth quarter, in a game lacking in highlight real basketball. It was more like a rugby match with squeaking gym shoes.
“It's usually not (pretty),” Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic said of his team's games at Munster. “Both teams played extremely hard.”
But a 25-13 quarter gave the Indians (4-1) the win. Matt Meneghetti's 3-pointer at the midway mark of the fourth quarter made a one-point lead into four.
After a miserable night against Bowman Academy from the free throw line on Friday night, the Indians came in at 6:30 a.m. On Monday to work on the charity tosses.
The Indians finished 20-of-23 from the line on the night. Munster (4-1) was 50 percent from the line, 8-of-16.
In the Class 4A Associated Press state poll, Munster is No. 4 while Lake Central is 14th. In the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Poll, Munster is No. 5 and the Indians are No. 12.
Munster won both games last year, the biggest coming on March 2nd in the sectional final, 43-41 in overtime.
The score at halftime was 16-16. Munster coach Mike Hackett walked to the scorer's after the first-half horn and muttered, “We just set basketball back 30 years.”
Wideman picked up his second foul with 4:24 left in the first quarter. He sat for the rest of the half.
Tye Wideman led L.C. with 12 points. Drew Hackett led the Mustangs with 13.
“They're a Top 10 team in the state, they have everything you need,” Munster coach Mike Hackett said. “I wasn't happy with the way we played mentally. We were not able to execute when it counted. Maybe that's our inexperience.”