MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Visiting Lakeland broke open a four-point game at halftime by out-scoring the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team by 19 points in the second half on its way to a 89-66 win over the Warriors Wednesday night inside the Recreation Complex. The Muskies shot over 50 percent for the game and made 11 three-pointers.
- Final Score: Lakeland 89, Wisconsin Lutheran 66
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (5-15, 5-11 NACC), Lakeland (13-7, 10-6 NACC)
- Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Muskies jumped out to a 9-2 lead early in the first half, but Paul Koier (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) scored five straight points, then Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored four straight of his own to give WLC an 11-9 advantage, forcing Lakeland into a timeout with 12:43 to play in the first half.
- The two teams traded baskets in the following minutes and found themselves deadlocked at 22-22 with 6:40 remaining in the half.
- Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) connected on three straight mid-range jumpers, giving WLC a 26-24 lead and forcing the visitors to take a timeout with 5:11 showing on the clock.
- Kennedy continued his scoring ways, scoring six more points to put WLC ahead 32-30, but Lakeland responded with five straight points, forcing WLC to take a timeout to halt the visitors' momentum.
- The Muskies connected on a triple as time expired in the first half and took a 38-34 lead into the locker room.
- Lakeland opened the half on a 19-7 run to take a 57-41 lead.
- LU used an 8-3 run to push its lead to 21, 65-44, with 11:04 remaining in the contest.
- The Muskies increased their lead to 26 with just over three minutes to play, but Randy Johnson Jr. (Milwaukee, Wis.) connected on a corner triple and two free throws to try to bring WLC back into the game.
- The Warriors were unable to score in the final two minutes of the contest, falling to the visitors 89-66.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Kennedy led the Warriors with 18 points, while Nowak added 15.
- Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) and Johnson Jr. scored eight points apiece.
- WLC shot 36.5 percent (23-of-63) from the floor and converted 73.7 percent (14-of-19) of its free-throw attempts.
- The Warriors' 66 points is their lowest output in their last nine games, while their 36.5 percent shooting was the second-lowest of the year.
FOR THE FOES
- Pat McDonald led five Muskies in double-figures with 22 points and dished out a game-high 11 assists.
- Carlos Campos, Shakur Jinad, and Joshuan McNeal each added 12 points and Zach Hasenstein had 10.
- The visitors shot 50.7 percent (36-of-71) from the field and connected on 11 three-pointers.
- Lakeland controlled the backboard, out-rebounding WLC 47-33, including 17 offensive boards.
- LU out-scored Wisconsin Lutheran 28-11 in second-chance points and 16-7 in fastbreak points.
- The Warriors travel to Madison Saturday to take on Edgewood. The Eagles (7-13, 7-8 NACC) suffered a 72-64 setback against MSOE Wednesday night. In their first matchup of the season, Edgewood registered a 71-62 victory over WLC in Milwaukee. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com