Warriors Hold Off Muskies, 72-70, For Third Straight Win

Photo Credit: Steve Frommell, d3photography.com
Photo Credit: Steve Frommell, d3photography.com

PLYMOUTH, Wis. (WLCSports.com) - Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis./Luther) and Tyler De Young (Waupun, Wis./Central Wisconsin Christian) each recorded double-doubles and Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis./St. Francis) blocked a three-pointer as time expired as the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team held on for a 72-70 win over Lakeland on Tuesday night inside the Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 72, Lakeland 70
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (14-10, 11-8 NACC), Lakeland (8-15, 6-12 NACC)
  • Location: Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium, Plymouth, Wis. | Attendance: 218

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The first eight minutes of the game went back-and-forth as there were three ties and a pair of lead changes. An 8-2 Warriors run gave them a 17-12 lead, a lead in which they would never surrender the rest of the game.
  • WLC increased its lead to as many as nine points twice in the first half and never let its lead drop below three points over the final 11:50 of the first half.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran carried a six-point lead, 38-32, into halftime after shooting 53.6 percent (15-for-28) in the opening stanza. Collin Kennedy and Nowak led the Warriors with 15 and 10 points, respectively, in the first half. Lakeland shot 39.4 percent (13-for-33) and was led by Brandon James' 10 points.
  • After Lakeland cut the Warriors' lead down to just one point early in the second half, Wisconsin Lutheran went on a 14-3 run to build its largest lead of the game of 12 points at the 14:40 mark.
  • Seven straight points from the Muskies brought the Warriors' lead down to just four points with 11:31 remaining, but five consecutive from WLC sent the lead back up to nine points with under nine minutes to play.
  • Another 9-2 scoring run by Lakeland trimmed its deficit to just two points with 7:08 left on the clock and Wisconsin Lutheran never held more than a four-point lead from that point on.
  • The Warriors held a slim 72-70 lead with 1:25 remaining and had to chance to seal the game but missed two free throws with 0:16 seconds left, leaving Lakeland with the ball on the last possession. Nowak blocked Pat McDonald's potential game-winning three-point attempt and De Young came down with the rebound as time expired.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Collin Kennedy posted his fifth straight double-double with a game-high 26 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. De Young also recorded his third double-double of the year with 10 points, a career-best 14 rebounds, and four blocks.
  • Nowak and Tanner Schieve (Slinger, Wis./Slinger) finished with 14 and 12 points each, while both added five rebounds and four assists.
  • The Warriors shot 46.6 percent (27-for-58) for the game, but just 25.0 percent (3-for-12) from three-point range and 62.5 percent (15-for-24) from the free-throw line. Wisconsin Lutheran shot over 40 percent from the floor for the seventh time in its last eight games.
  • WLC out-rebounded LU by 22, finishing with a season-high 52 rebounds. The Warriors also doubled-up the Muskies on the offensive glass for a 15-7 advantage in second-chance points.
  • Brandon James scored 25 points to lead three players in double-figures for Lakeland, which shot 40.9 percent (27-for-66) from the floor for the game.
  • The Warriors won their fourth straight game over the Muskies.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors close out their regular season Saturday on the road at Dominican (12-12, 9-10 NACC). Tip-off is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. WLC can clinch the fourth seed and a home game in next week's NACC Tournament with a win over the Stars or a MSOE loss. DU clinched the sixth seed in the conference tournament following its 87-81 win over Concordia Chicago tonight. Links to live stats and video for the game will be available at WLCSports.com.