Warriors' Road Trip Ends With Win Over Rival Falcons

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MEQUON, Wis. (WLCSports.com) – Backed by 26 points from Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) and 20 from Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis.), the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team snapped its six-game losing skid with a thrilling 80-74 road victory over conference rival Concordia Wisconsin Wednesday night inside the R. John Buuck Field House. The victory was the Warriors' first since November 28 after playing their last six games on the road.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 80, Concordia Wisconsin 74
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (2-9, 2-5 NACC), Concordia Wisconsin (6-7, 4-4 NACC)
  • Location: R. John Buuck Field House, Mequon, Wis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors started the game off hot, connecting on nine of their first 11 shots to hold a 21-12 lead with 13:38 left in the first half.
  • After a Christian Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) jumper inside the paint gave Wisconsin Lutheran a 26-18 lead, Concordia Wisconsin answered with a short 7-1 spurt to trim the WLC lead to 27-25 with 8:46 remaining in the opening half.
  • Nowak scored six straight points for the Warriors, capped off by a jumper from just inside the arc, to give the Green and White a 35-29 lead with five minutes remaining in the first half.
  • Christian Kennedy buried a corner three-pointer to give WLC a double digit lead, 40-30, with 3:17 left.
  • The Warriors shot 51.4 percent in the opening 20 minutes of action and carried a 43-37 lead into the locker room at halftime. Wisconsin Lutheran was led by 15 points from Collin Kennedy and 12 from Nowak.
  • Concordia Wisconsin came out and scored the first five points after halftime to cut the WLC lead to 43-42.
  • CUW took its first lead of the matchup at 49-48 with 13:40 left in regulation.
  • WLC regained the lead, 54-52, on a Christian Kennedy triple with just under 11 minutes to play.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran's defense held the Falcons without a field goal for 6:15, but the Falcons kept the game close as the Warriors held a 56-55 lead with 7:25 left to play.
  • Nowak's three-pointer from the wing boosted Wisconsin Lutheran's lead to five with 5:17 showing on the scoreboard.
  • The Falcons cut the deficit to just one, 70-69, with 2:25 left to play before Collin Kennedy answered with a floater in the paint.
  • Mack Knueppel's (Jackson, Wis.) layup gave the Warriors a 74-71 lead before the Falcons connected on one of two free throws with just 0:38 seconds remaining to cut the Warriors' lead to a pair.
  • WLC made six consecutive free throws down the stretch to seal the conference victory, 80-74.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Collin Kennedy recorded his fifth double-double of the season, finishing with a game-high 26 points and 13 rebounds. Nowak added 20 points and three rebounds.
  • The Warriors' bench played a critical role in the win, led by 12 points from Christian Kennedy, while Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) finished with six points and seven rebounds.
  • WLC shot 43.9 percent (29-of-66) for the game and connected on 65.2 percent (15-of-23) of its free throws.
  • The Warriors converted 15 Falcons turnovers into 15 points, and pulled down 46 rebounds, their second-most of the season.
  • The 74 points allowed were the second-fewest allowed by WLC this season.

FOR THE FOES

  • Jordan Johnson paced Concordia Wisconsin with 21 points and five rebounds.
  • Jake Jurss added 13 points and grabbed a team-high seven boards.
  • CUW shot 40.3 percent (29-of-72) from the field in the matchup.
  • The Falcons struggled from the charity stripe, converting on just 45 percent (9-of-20) of their free throws.
  • The hosts forced 19 turnovers and dominated the paint, out-scoring WLC 42-30 inside. CUW's bench contributed 28 points.

UP NEXT

  • Wisconsin Lutheran returns to the Recreation Complex for the first time in well over a month Saturday afternoon for a NACC matchup when it hosts Edgewood (4-8, 4-3) at 2:00 p.m. The Eagles have won three straight conference contests. Links to live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.