Red Hawks Spoil Warriors' Home Opener

Red Hawks Spoil Warriors' Home Opener

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team dropped its home opener 72-59 against Ripon Wednesday night in non-conference action at the Recreation Complex. The Red Hawks shot 50 percent from the field in the contest, while holding the Warriors to 38.5 percent. 

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Ripon 72, Wisconsin Lutheran 59
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (0-2), Ripon (2-0)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors came out of the gates hot, taking an early 9-0 lead and forced a Ripon timeout. WLC connected on four of its first five shots.
  • Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) made a layup to give Wisconsin Lutheran a 17-10 lead at the 10:52 mark, but the Warriors were held without a field goal until 4:37 remaining in the half when Sam Kaufman (Spring Grove, Ill.) hit a mid-range jumped from the corner.
  • Ripon used strong defense and held WLC to just three points in the final 10:52 of the first half and took a 34-20 lead into the locker room.
  • Kennedy led the way at half with eight points. Ripon shot 48.1 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes.
  • Kennedy connected on a pair of free throws to cut the Red Hawks' lead to 10 at 36-26.
  • WLC was never able to come within single digits, and Ripon extended its lead to 19 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the game.
  • The Warriors trimmed the deficit to 14 with six minutes remaining, but Ripon never let the Warriors get any closer than 12 down the stretch.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Kennedy paced the Warriors with a double-double, scoring 20 points with 11 rebounds. Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis.) also added 20 points, 18 of which came in the second half.
  • WLC struggled from behind the arc, shooting 6.7 percent on just 1-for-15.
  • The Warriors took advantage of being aggressive in the second half, converting 18-of-20 free throws.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding Ripon 37-33.

FOR THE FOES

  • Ripon saw three players reach double-figures, led by 17 from Tyler Semenas. Isaac Masters added 12 points to the backcourt.
  • Koy Brecklin contributed 14 points off the bench for Ripon.
  • Ripon shot 50 percent from the floor.
  • The Red Hawks forced 20 turnovers which they converted into 14 points.
  • Ripon controlled the paint, out-scoring WLC 44-28. The Red Hawks' bench out-scored WLC's 21-8.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors open NACC play Saturday when they host Rockford (2-2). Tip-off inside the Recreation Complex is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. The Regents are coming off a 102-83 loss to Dubuque in non-conference action Wednesday night. Last season, WLC won both matchups against RU. Links to live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.