LISLE, Ill. - Taylor Chladek (West Allis, Wis./Nathan Hale) scored a career-high 19 points to lead three players in double figures as the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team capped the 2013 calendar year with an 81-63 win over Concordia Chicago Tuesday afternoon at the Dan and Ada Rice Center.
The Warriors (4-5, 2-4 NACC) got off to a slow start as they trailed 12-3 with 13:19 left in the first half. Kyle Stelse (Jefferson, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) gave WLC its first lead of the game (20-18) with a jumper at the 8:07 mark. CUC took the lead back to lead by as many as five, but the Warriors came back to gain a slim 34-33 halftime edge. WLC shot 37.0 percent (10-for-27) in the opening period, compared to the Cougars' 41.4 percent (12-for-29).
Chladek scored the Warriors' first five points of the second half as WLC opened with a 9-1 scoring run. Wisconsin Lutheran built its first double-digit lead (47-37) at the 15:35 mark. The Cougars closed within six points at 52-46, but a 17-4 Warriors run put the game out of reach. WLC later led by a game-high 21 points with 3:42 on the clock. Wisconsin Lutheran made good on 56.7 percent (17-for-30) of its second-half shots, while Concordia Chicago was held to just 25.8 percent (8-for-31).
Chladek drained five three-pointers en route to his 19 points. Stelse finished with 16 and Brett Lubbe (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) added 10. Jim Marose (Waukesha, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. The Warriors dominated the glass, 48-30, and out-scored CUC 19-6 in bench points.
Marcus Elston poured in 19 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double. Mike Walmer also tied a game-high with 19 points for the Cougars (3-7, 0-6 NACC).
The Warriors open the 2014 calendar year with a non-conference home game Thursday against Cardinal Stritch (12-3). Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Recreation Complex. Live audio, stats, and video will be available for the game at wlcsports.com.