MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team sent its senior class out in style Wednesday night inside the Recreation Complex, defeating NACC-leading Benedictine 85-77 on Senior Night. The win was the sixth in the last eight games for the Warriors, who snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Eagles.
- Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 85, Benedictine 77
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (8-16, 7-12 NACC), Benedictine (16-8, 15-4 NACC)
- Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Eagles jumped out to an early 7-4 lead, but Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) scored three straight points and Christian Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) buried a triple to put WLC ahead 10-7 with 16 minutes remaining in the half.
- Tyler De Young (Waupun, Wis.) and Collin Kennedy connected on back-to-back triples, giving the Warriors a 25-21 advantage with just under 12 minutes to play in the first half.
- Mack Knueppel (Jackson, Wis.) buried a triple of his own, then Kennedy hit a mid-range jumper to push WLC's lead to five with 5:58 showing on the clock.
- The two teams traded baskets in the final minutes of the half, with the Warriors taking a 43-39 lead into the halftime break.
- WLC scored five quick points to start the second half, powered by a triple from the top of the key from De Young to push its lead to nine, 48-39, forcing BenU to call a timeout just 1:32 into the half.
- Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored five straight points to push the Warriors' run to 12-0, forcing the Eagles to take another timeout, with WLC holding a game-high 55-39 lead.
- Benedictine answered with a 6-0 swing of its own to cut the Warriors' lead to 10 with 15 minutes remaining in the second half.
- The Eagles used three consecutive triples to bring them within three points with 11 minutes to play, then scored a three-point play on the ensuing possession to tie the contest at 61-61.
- BenU grabbed its first lead of the second half on another three-pointer for a 64-61 lead, forcing a WLC timeout.
- De Young connected on a triple from the wing to put WLC back ahead by one, 67-66, with 5:30 remaining in the contest.
- The two teams remained tied at 69-69 until Collin Kennedy buried back-to-back triples to give the Warriors a 75-69 advantage with just over three minutes to play.
- BenU responded with a three-pointer of its own, but Kennedy converted two free throws to put WLC back ahead by five, 77-72, with just under two minutes remaining.
- After an Eagles basket, Nowak converted a layup to put WLC ahead by five, then Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) nailed two free throws to push the Warriors lead back to seven with 0:30 seconds to play.
- Kennedy converted two free throws to put WLC ahead 83-74, but the Eagles banked in a three-pointer with 14.3 seconds remaining, cutting the Warriors lead to six.
- Nowak converted two free throws of his own to secure the 85-77 triumph for the hosts.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Collin Kennedy led the way for the Warriors with 30 points and seven rebounds.
- Nowak added 15 points and De Young chipped in 14 points, including four triples.
- WLC shot 50 percent (29-of-58) for the game and connected on 45.5 percent (10-of-22) of its three-point attempts.
- The Warriors shot at least 50 percent for the fourth time this season.
- Wisconsin Lutheran forced 12 BenU turnovers, doubling up the visitors 16-8 in points off turnovers.
- Before the contest, the Warriors honored their four seniors in Nowak, Christian Kennedy, Eric Boulden (Watertown, Wis.), and Jerrod Klug (Loveland, Colo.).
- The win was the first for the Warriors over the Eagles since the 2012-2013 season, a span of 12 games.
FOR THE FOES
- Brayden Olson led BenU with 26 points and five assists, while Jens Soderholm tallied 21 points and six rebounds.
- Kenny Bogus chipped in 12 points and Eric Grygo added 10.
- The visitors shot 44.3 percent (27-of-61) from the field and knocked down 42.3 percent (11-of-26) of their three-pointers.
- The Eagles converted 85.7 percent (12-of-14) of their attempts from the charity stripe and out-scored WLC 28-16 in the paint.
- The Warriors conclude their 2017-2018 campaign Saturday afternoon when they travel to take on cross-town NACC rival MSOE. The Raiders (15-9, 13-6) defeated Illinois Tech 65-59 Wednesday night in non-conference action. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.