LISLE, Ill. - Benedictine out-scored the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team 17-4 in points off turnovers en route to handing the Warriors a tough three-point setback, 61-58, Wednesday in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference action at the Dan and Ada Rice Center. It was the Warriors' fifth conference loss of the season by four or fewer points.
Trailing 60-58 with 38 seconds to play in the game, the Warriors had a chance to tie or take the lead on their final possession. A jumper from the left wing by Jake Jarnigo (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) with 2 seconds left rattled around the rim and out and the Warriors were forced to foul the rebounding Eagle with just .7 seconds remaining. BenU hit one of two free throw attempts, and the full-court inbound pass that followed was broken up as time expired.
After trailing for most of the first half after a 2-0 lead, including a game-high 13-point deficit with 12:31 left in the opening stanza, the Warriors climbed back into the game, aided by an 8-0 to close the first half and went into halftime down just 33-30.
WLC opened the second half with three straight three-pointers, including two from Taylor Chladek (West Allis, Wis./Nathan Hale) to give the Warriors a 39-36 lead with 16:46 left to play in the game. The Warriors held a 43-42 lead until Benedictine used a 7-0 run to regain a 49-43 advantage and never relinquished that lead.
Brett Lubbe (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Warriors. Chladek added 10 points and was the only other Warrior to reach double figures.
Wisconsin Lutheran edged Benedictine both in field goal percentage, 39.0-37.5, and rebounds, 40-38. WLC went to the charity stripe just 11 times in the game, making seven, while BenU was 14-for-21 from the line. The difference came on turnovers where the Eagles turned 13 turnovers into a 17-4 margin.
Michael Blaszczyk netted a game-high 16 points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds to pace the Eagles (5-8, 3-5 NACC).
Next up for Wisconsin Lutheran (4-8, 2-6 NACC) is a home game against Aurora (9-5, 6-3 NACC) Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Recreation Complex. Links to live audio, stats, and video for the game will be available at wlcsports.com.