MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team dropped a 71-62 decision to the visiting Edgewood Eagles Saturday afternoon inside the Recreation Complex. The visitors shot a stellar 51 percent from the field and connected on seven free throws in the final minute of the contest to secure the victory. It was the Warriors' first home game since December 2, a stretch the spanned six straight road games.
- Final Score: Edgewood 71, Wisconsin Lutheran 62
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (2-10, 2-6 NACC), Edgewood (5-8, 5-3 NACC)
- Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The visiting Eagles jumped out to an early 13-9 lead in the opening minutes of the contest after holding WLC scoreless for nearly six minutes.
- Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis.) ended the drought with a corner jumper, cutting the Edgewood lead to five at the 10:38 mark.
- The Eagles maintained a 10-point advantage with five minutes to play in the first half, until Mack Knueppel (Jackson, Wis.) connected on a triple to bring the Warriors within seven.
- Edgewood took a 31-22 lead into the halftime break after holding the hosts to just 30 percent (9-of-30) shooting in the first half.
- Tyler De Young (Waupun, Wis.) opened up the second-half scoring with a three-pointer from the top of the key to bring WLC within six.
- Two straight baskets from Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) cut the Edgewood lead to just four points at 33-29.
- Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) and De Young connected on back-to-back triples to bring WLC within to one point with 16 minutes remaining.
- The Warriors used a 6-0 run to tie the contest at 47-47, and two free throws from Knueppel gave WLC its first lead of the game under the 11-minute mark.
- The Eagles answered the Warriors' run with a seven-point swing of their own to take a 58-53 advantage, but De Young answered again with a triple from the top of the key to keep the Warriors within two points with 5:45 left to play in regulation.
- Edgewood held a three-point lead and then used a fast-break layup after a Warriors turnover to increase its advantage to five points, forcing WLC to foul and stop the clock.
- The Eagles converted seven free throws to halt the Warriors' comeback attempt, earning a 71-62 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Kennedy paced the Warriors with 17 points while pulling down seven rebounds.
- De Young added 13 points and eight rebounds, connecting on three triples in the game.
- Goldstein and Knueppel chipped in 11 points apiece, while Nowak scored six points, collected six rebounds, and dished out three assists.
- The hosts shot 40.3 percent (25-of-62) from the field while converting 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from the charity stripe.
- The Warriors out-rebounded the Eagles, 32-31, with six offensive rebounds.
FOR THE FOES
- Ben Seefeld led the visitors with 17 points and six rebounds while converting all five of his free throw attempts.
- Jake Negus added 15 points while Travis Kell chipped in 10 points and four boards.
- Sy Staver dished out a team-high five assists while adding eight points.
- Edgewood shot 51 percent (25-of-49) from the floor while converting 77.3 percent (17-of-22) of their free-throw attempts.
- Twenty-four of the Eagles' 71 points came from their bench, while the guests out-scored WLC 15-0 in points off turnovers despite them being even 9-9.
- The Warriors return to action Tuesday when they head to Fond du Lac to face Marian (6-7, 5-3 NACC) at 7:00 p.m. The Sabres are coming off of a 77-65 home victory over Dominican Saturday afternoon. Wisconsin Lutheran and Marian split the season series a year ago, with each team collecting a home victory. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.