Warriors Hang On To Grab First Conference Victory

Warriors Hang On To Grab First Conference Victory

MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team held off a second-half charge by Lakeland, as a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer missed and the Warriors escaped with a 62-60 victory Tuesday night at the Recreation Complex. 

The Warriors (3-2, 1-1 NACC) led by as many as 11 in the second half, but the Muskies (4-2, 1-1 NACC) threatened with an 11-3 run that tied the game at 50 with 3:51 remaining. WLC took the lead back, but Lakeland had the final possession trailing by two with six seconds left. Joey Burris attempted a running shot that fell short off the front of the rim as time expired. 

Both teams struggled shooting the ball as the Warriors shot 33 percent and held the Muskies to 35 percent. This led to a lot of rebounds, and the Warriors dominated on the glass 53-38 and held a 16-4 advantage in offensive boards. Brett Lubbe (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds (eight offensive) - tying the second-highest total in a game in school history - and Jim Marose (Waukesha, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) grabbed 13 boards. WLC out-scored Lakeland 12-5 in second chance points.

Jake Jarnigo (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) led the Warriors with 15 points as one of four players in double figures. Marose and Taylor Chladek (West Allis, Wis./Nathan Hale) scored 12 apiece and Kyle Stelse (Jefferson, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) added 10. Chladek was 4-for-9 from beyond the arc, including a trio of key three-pointers in the second half. 

Burris scored a game-high 21 points for the Muskies, Stan McKenzie scored 15 and Justin Ward posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. 

Wisconsin Lutheran returns to action when it hosts Marian (3-3, 2-0 NACC) Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Recreation Complex. Live audio, stats, and video will be available on wlcsports.com.