MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team couldn't hang on to a 10-point lead with 7:06 remaining in regulation as it dropped its second straight overtime game in a 70-64 loss to MSOE Tuesday night at the Recreation Complex.
The Warriors (4-10, 2-8 NACC) trailed 30-23 at the half but came out of halftime energized as they went on a 15-3 scoring run that lasted nearly five minutes. Taylor Chladek's (West Allis, Wis./Nathan Hale) baseline runner with 15:07 left in the half finished the run and gave the Warriors a 38-33 advantage.
With 10:55 left in the second half, DJ Escamilla (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) hit a three-pointer from the right wing to start another double-digit scoring run for the Warriors. The 10-2 run ended with a Jake Jarnigo (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) three-pointer from the top of the key and handed WLC a 54-44 lead. They led 56-46 with 7:06 remaining, but then went without a point for the next 4:40. The Raiders (11-3, 6-3 NACC) went on a 12-2 run in the remaining minutes of regulation, and Dylan Jones finished the rally with a put-back with 28 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
The Warriors struck first in the extra period, but an MSOE scoring run soon followed. The 7-0 run gave MSOE a 65-60 lead, and free throws down the stretch sealed the game for the Raiders.
MSOE took advantage of Warriors' mistakes to grab the lead in the first half. In a half that was neck-and-neck, the Raiders out-scored WLC 9-0 in points off turnovers. MSOE was led in the first half by Austin Stueck, whose fast break dunk capped off a 7-0 MSOE scoring run with 6:22 left in the opening period. Brett Lubbe (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) led the Warriors with six points and four rebounds in the first half.
Lubbe paced WLC as he recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Stelse (Jefferson, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) and Chladek both pitched in offensively with nine points apiece. WLC held the edge over the Raiders in second chance points, 16-9.
Stueck and Collin Seubert led MSOE in scoring with 25 and 13 points, respectively. Conner Patterson controlled the boards, pulling in nine rebounds for the Raiders, who were out-rebounded by WLC 50-38. John Cording posted a game-high six assists for MSOE. The Raiders finished the game leading points off turnovers 16-9.
Wisconsin Lutheran has five days off before traveling to Edgewood (8-6, 6-3 NACC) for a NACC game next Monday at 2 p.m. Live audio, stats, and video will be available on wlcsports.com.