Warriors shoot down Stars, 97-90
Ziesemer pours in career-high 20 points off the bench
February 3, 2009
RIVER FOREST, Ill. – The Warriors shot 55 percent from the floor and had four players reach double figures in a 97-90 win over Dominican University Tuesday in a Northern Athletics Conference game at the Igini Sports Forum.
Wisconsin Lutheran held its only lead of the first half at 7-5 just 2:30 into the game. The Warriors found themselves trailing by a game-high 12 points (40-28) with 3:49 left in the half. WLC ended the half on a 14-5 run, capped off by one of Kyle Plath’s (Lake Geneva, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) career-high eight three-pointers as the first half buzzer sounded. The Warriors trailed by just three points, 45-42, at halftime.
WLC took the lead for good, 57-54, at the 15:23 mark of the second half when senior Danny Behm (Jackson, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) knocked down a three-pointer. The Warriors extended their lead to a game-high 17 points (79-62) with 9:25 remaining in the contest. Dominican responded with a 10-0 run to cut the lead down to seven points, 79-72, with 6:25 to play. The Stars were able to get within four points the rest of the way, but the Warriors converted on their final six free throws within the final minute.
Wisconsin Lutheran shot 60 percent (9-for-15) from three-point range in the second half and turned the ball over only two times.
Plath led all scorers with 25 points, including 15 in the second half. Juniors Sam Siemers (Nicollet, Minn./Minnesota Valley Lutheran) and Ben Ziesemer (New Ulm, Minn./Minnesota Valley Lutheran) each added 20 points. Ziesemer, who shot 6-of-9 from the floor, scored 16 of his career-high 20 points in the second half. Behm rounded out the double-figure scoring with 16 points. Siemers finished tied for a game-high with nine rebounds.
The Warriors, who won their fifth straight game, tied a season low with only six turnovers for the second consecutive game.
Dan Borys scored 22 points, including 16 in the first half, to pace four players in double figures for DU (8-12, 4-8 NAC). The Stars, who owned a 17-5 advantage in second-chance points, finished the game shooting 53.3 percent (32-for-60) from the floor.
Wisconsin Lutheran (12-8, 8-4 NAC) hosts Marian University Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at the Recreation Complex. The game is part of a doubleheader with the women’s team, which tips off its game against the Sabres at 5 p.m.