Second-Half Surge Lifts Warriors Over Raiders

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) - Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis./Luther) recorded his ninth double-double of the season and the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team used a 15-1 second-half run to earn a crucial 67-63 NACC win over crosstown foe MSOE on Tuesday night inside the Recreation Complex.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 67, MSOE 63
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (11-9, 8-7 NACC), MSOE (8-10, 7-7 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 182

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • MSOE jumped out to a 9-2 lead over the Warriors almost four minutes into the game. The seven-point margin was the Raiders' largest lead of the contest, as neither team could gain much separation in a first half that featured eight ties and six lead changes.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran grabbed its first lead of the game at 16-14 during a stretch of seven straight points from Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis./St. Francis). WLC never led by more than three points in the opening period as the teams went into halftime with the score knotted at 33-33.
  • Collin Seubert scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting in the first half for MSOE, which shot 53.8 percent (14-for-26). Tanner Schieve (Slinger, Wis./Slinger) and Nowak paced the Warriors with 12 and 11 points, respectively, as the hosts shot 48.1 percent (13-for-27).
  • The Raiders erased a four-point deficit in the second half with a 10-0 run for a 48-42 lead over the Warriors with 9:27 remaining. Wisconsin Lutheran responded with a 15-1 run over the next four minutes to take a lead it was never relinquish. 
  • WLC led by as many as nine points with just under three minutes left and MSOE would come no closer than four points the rest of the way.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Collin Kennedy led the Warriors with 20 points and 14 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. Schieve also netted 20 points to go along with five assists and three steals. Nowak was the third Warrior to reach double-figures with 17 points. Christian Kennedy (Holmen, Wis./Luther) tied a season-high with nine points on a trio of three-pointers.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran finished the game shooting 43.6 percent (24-for-55), including seven percentage points better than MSOE in the second half. The Raiders cooled off in the second half and concluded the contest with a 41.7 percent (25-for-60) performance.
  • The Warriors out-rebounded the Raiders 39-34 and owned a 12-2 advantage in second-chance points. Despite one more turnover than MSOE, WLC also out-scored the visitors 18-11 in points off turnovers.
  • Seubert finished with 26 points to lead the Raiders, but was held to just five in the second half. Jason Palesse added 12 points.
  • The win vaults the Warriors into fourth place in the NACC standings with five conference games remaining.

UP NEXT

  • Wisconsin Lutheran travels to No. 18 Benedictine (16-4, 14-1 NACC) on Saturday for a 4:15 p.m. tip-off. The Eagles won their fifth straight game tonight over Aurora, 103-76. Links to live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.