Men's Basketball Comes Up Short Vs. Spartans

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) scored a game-high 29 points, but the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team couldn't overcome Aurora's 14 made three-pointers as the Spartans handed the Warriors a 97-88 defeat Wednesday night inside the Recreation Complex. 

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Aurora 97, Wisconsin Lutheran 88
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (2-13, 2-9 NACC), Aurora (10-7, 9-3 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored the first five points of the contest for the Warriors then Tyler De Young (Waupun, Wis,) connected on a mid-range jumper to give WLC a 7-6 advantage.
  • After two straight Aurora baskets, Mack Knueppel (Jackson, Wis.) connected from deep to bring the Warriors within one point, 13-12, with just over 15 minutes remaining in the first half.
  • The two teams traded three-point baskets, with Colin Biesterfeld (West Bend,Wis.) and Christian Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) connecting from deep, but Aurora held a 31-25 advantage with 10 minutes to play in the half.
  • Two consecutive Spartans three-pointers pushed the Aurora lead to 41-31 with six minutes to play in the half, forcing WLC to call a timeout to halt the visitors' momentum.
  • Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) provided a spark with five straight points for WLC, but the Warriors still trailed by 10 with three minutes left in the half.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran closed out the half on an 11-2 run, capped off by a Knueppel three-pointer at the buzzer to bring the Warriors within four points, 51-47, entering the locker room.
  • Both teams shot 51.4 percent in the first half and combined for 15 made three-pointers.
  • The Warriors came out of the locker room and used a 6-0 run to take a 53-51 lead, their biggest lead of the contest, with just under 17 minutes to play.
  • Aurora answered with a 15-4 run to take a 66-57 lead with 12:52 remaining in the contest, forcing WLC to take a timeout.
  • De Young connected on a triple from the top of the key to cut the Aurora lead to nine points, and Collin Kennedy connected on a transition jumper to bring WLC within seven points, forcing the Spartans to call a timeout holding a 71-64 lead.
  • Aurora answered again with two straight three-pointers, giving the visitors a 77-66 lead with 7:30 showing on the clock.
  • Five straight points from Collin Kennedy brought WLC within five, 79-74, with six minutes to play in the contest.
  • After back-and-forth play between the two teams, Aurora maintained a 91-81 lead, but a three-point play from Nowak brought WLC back within seven points with 0:45 seconds left in the game.
  • The Spartans converted six attempts from the charity stripe in the final minute of the game to secure the 97-88 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Kennedy led the way for the Warriors with 29 points and five rebounds, while Nowak added 18 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
  • Knueppel chipped in 13 points and five assists, while Goldstein scored nine points and dished out four assists.
  • WLC shot 51.5 percent (34-of-66) from the floor, the second time this season shooting over 50 percent in a game.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran converted a season-best 91.7 percent (11-of-12) of its free throw attempts.
  • The Warriors were limited to a season-low four offensive rebounds.

FOR THE FOES

  • Marcus Myers led the Spartans with 26 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, while Ty Carlson poured in 23 points, including six three-pointers.
  • Max Vickers added 22 points and Pat Kramp chipped in 16 points and four rebounds.
  • The visitors shot 47.2 percent (34-of-72) from the field and converted 88.2 percent (15-of-17) of their free throw attempts.
  • Aurora pulled down 38 rebounds in the contest, including 10 on the offensive end and forced 14 WLC turnovers.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors continue NACC play Saturday afternoon when they host Concordia Wisconsin (9-8, 7-5 NACC). CUW defeated NACC-leading MSOE, 78-76, Wednesday evening. In their first matchup this season, WLC earned an 80-74 triumph over the Falcons in Mequon. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. with live stats and video available at WLCSports.com.