Men's Basketball Bolts By Sabercats In Non-Conference Finale

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team jumped out to a commanding 33-4 lead and never looked back en route to an 86-49 non-conference win over Maranatha Thursday night inside the Recreation Complex. All 16 players who dressed for the Warriors cracked the scoring column in the non-conference finale win.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 86, Maranatha 49
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (7-16), Maranatha (10-12)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors opened up a 9-2 lead over the Sabercats at the 15:05 mark of the first half and blew the game wide open with an unprecedented 24-0 run over the next 10 minutes for a commanding 33-4 lead.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran carried a 44-17 lead into halftime after shooting 44.4 percent (16-for-36) in the opening half, including 6-for-12 from three-point range. WLC forced Maranatha into 14 first-half turnovers and just 25 percent (7-for-28) shooting.
  • Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) led the Warriors with 11 points in the first half.
  • Both teams traded buckets for the better part of the second half, but a 6-0 spurt and another 10-2 run from the Warriors gave the hosts a 70-31 lead with 9:57 remaining in the game.
  • WLC pushed its lead to a game-high 40 points with under a minute to play on Alex Thiede's (Cudahy, Wis.) three-pointer. Thiede was one of five different Warriors to hit a three in the second half, as 13 players reached the scoring column in the second half alone.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Collin Kennedy led all scorers in the game with 16 points, while Randy Johnson Jr. (Milwaukee, Wis.) contributed nine points off the bench.
  • Tyler De Young (Waupun, Wis.) pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with eight points. Mack Knueppel (Jackson, Wis.) and Christian Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) also added eight points apiece.
  • Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) stuffed the stat sheet with six points, five rebounds, and five steals off the bench.
  • The Warriors shot 43.1 percent (31-for-72) for the game, 40.7 percent (11-for-27) from three-point range, and 76.5 percent (13-for-17) from the free throw line.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran assisted on 22 made field goals, its second-highest of the season, and made more than 10 three-pointers for the second time this year.
  • The Warriors tied a season-high with 50 rebounds and out-scored the Sabercats 17-3 in second-chance points.
  • WLC, which allowed a season-low 49 points, forced 20 turnovers and turned them into 28 points.

FOR THE FOES

  • Jonathan Book finished with 10 points and six rebounds for Maranatha, which was held to 33.3 percent (19-for-57) shooting.
  • MBU made three of its 15 three-pointers and shot 53.3 percent (8-for-15) from the charity stripe.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors play their final home game of the season next Wednesday when they host league-leading Benedictine (15-7, 14-3 NACC) for Senior Night at 7:00 p.m. The Eagles have won seven straight games. Links to live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.