18th-Ranked Eagles Pull Away From Warriors In Second Half

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

LISLE, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – 18th-ranked Benedictine broke open a one-point game at halftime by shooting over 60 percent in the second half en route to a 79-58 win over the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team on Saturday inside the Dan and Ada Rice Center.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: No. 18 Benedictine 79, Wisconsin Lutheran 58 
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (11-10, 8-8 NACC), No. 18 Benedictine (18-4, 16-1 NACC)
  • Location: Dan and Ada Rice Center, Lisle, Ill. | Attendance: 612

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors came out of the gates firing, opening up a 7-0 lead behind five points from Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis./St. Francis).
  • BenU battled back to take an 11-9 lead, but WLC opened up their lead to a game-high nine points at 26-17 with 5:55 left in the opening period. 
  • Benedictine rattled off a quick 12-0 run over 3:06 to take a 29-26 lead with just 2:26 remaining in the opening half.
  • The hosts carried a slim 29-28 lead into the half. Both teams played even over the first 20 minutes as both shot 32.4 percent on 11-for-34 from the field. Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis./Luther) led the Warriors with eight points and six rebounds in the opening half.
  • The nationally-ranked Eagles came out of the break hot, opening up a nine-point lead at 41-32 with 16:11 remaining. After the Warriors closed the gap to 43-39, Benedictine responded by building its first double-digit lead of the game at 55-45 with 9:34 remaining on the clock. 
  • The Eagles' lead never dropped below double-digits over the final 9:34 as they opened up their largest lead of 23 points in the final seconds of the game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Tanner Schieve (Slinger, Wis./Slinger) led the team in both points and assists with 18 and five, respectively. It was the eighth straight game that Schieve reach double-figures. 
  • Collin Kennedy recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards. Christian Walz (Waukesha, Wis./West) added 10 points off the Warriors' bench.
  • The Warriors shot a season-low 33.9 percent (20-for-59) from the field, while BenU shot an even 46.0 percent (29-for-63) and hit 12 three-pointers.
  • The Eagles connected on eight more three-point attempts, and their bench out-scored WLC's 26-14.
  • BenU had five players reach double figures, led by 15 each from Tahron Harvey and Adam Reynolds, who also recorded a double-double as he grabbed 10 boards. Michael Blaszczyk flirted with a triple-double as he finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors return to the Recreation Complex on Wednesday for Senior Night and their final regular season home game when they host Concordia Wisconsin (13-7, 11-4 NACC). The Falcons have won seven straight NACC games, including a thrilling 108-103 overtime victory over Dominican on Thursday. WLC dropped its first matchup in Mequon on Jan. 12, 84-67. Links to live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.