Late Run Pushes Raiders Past Warriors In Season Finale

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – A late 10-0 run by the host Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders in the second half proved costly as the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team concluded its 2017-2018 season with a 70-58 loss against MSOE on the road inside the Kern Center Saturday afternoon.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: MSOE 70, Wisconsin Lutheran 58
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (8-17, 7-13 NACC), MSOE (16-9, 14-6 NACC)
  • Location: Kern Center, Milwaukee, Wis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Raiders jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead until Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) buried a triple from the wing to get the Warriors on the board at the 15:45 mark in the opening half.
  • MSOE's early lead reached double-digits at 21-11 with 9:22 left in the half, forcing WLC to call a timeout.
  • The Warriors battled back and a Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis.) layup brought the Green and White within three, 24-21, with 6:31 remaining on the first half scoreboard.
  • After the Raiders' lead grew to eight late in the first half, Kennedy's layup with 1:30 left cut the deficit to just three.
  • The hosts carried a 34-29 lead into the locker room and shot an even 50 percent from the floor.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran was led at the break by Kennedy's 11 points as the Warriors shot 35.5 percent and just 20 percent from behind the arc.
  • WLC trimmed the lead to five on a pair of occasions early in the half but MSOE found answers and saw its lead grow to 44-35 with 14:30 left in regulation.
  • A three-point play from Mack Knueppel (Jackson, Wis.) and a pair of free throws from Kennedy brought the Warriors to within two of the Raiders with 11:17 left to play.
  • Three different times Wisconsin Lutheran trailed by just one but the Raiders did not relinquish their lead.
  • At the 5:56 mark, Nowak connected on a pair of free throws to bring WLC within 54-50.
  • The hosts then went on a 10-0 run to claim a 14-point lead with 2:10 left in regulation.
  • WLC battled to bring it within eight in the final minute but could not overcome the deficit as MSOE took the regular season finale, 70-58.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Collin Kennedy led all scorers with 20 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double.
  • Nowak was the only other Warrior to reach double-figures with 11 points, while Knueppel added nine points of his own.
  • WLC shot 34.5 percent (20-for-58) for the game and connected on just 15 percent (3-for-20) of its three-point attempts.
  • The 34.5 percent shooting marked the third-lowest total of the season for the Warriors.
  • The Warriors forced 13 turnovers which they converted into 11 points.
  • Saturday's contest marked the final game donning the Warriors uniform for seniors Nowak, Christian Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.), Eric Boulden (Watertown, Wis.), and Jerrod Klug (Loveland, Colo.).

FOR THE FOES

  • Tegan Miles led MSOE with 18 points and six rebounds.
  • Jake Gebert contributed 14 points off the Raiders' bench while Brian Dorn added nine. 
  • The hosts shot 48.1 percent (26-for-54) from the field.
  • MSOE controlled the boards, 43-31, and the Raiders' bench had a 35-15 scoring advantage over WLC's bench.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors wrap-up their 2017-2018 season with an overall record of 8-17 and a 7-13 mark in the NACC.