MADISON, Wis. - Jake Jarnigo's (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) game-tying three-point attempt fell short as time expired and the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team dropped another nail-biter Monday afternoon in a 68-65 loss to Edgewood at the Todd Wehr Edgedome. It was the seventh conference loss of the season by four points or less for the Warriors.
Trailing 45-38 with 14:17 left in the second half, the Warriors put together an 11-2 run to take their first lead of the game, 49-47, with 7:42 left. The Eagles answered by netting the next six points to take the lead back. WLC came back to tie the score three times within the final 3:19 but couldn't get over the hump. EC held a four-point lead at 66-62 with just :10 seconds left before Jarnigo connected on a three-point play to get the Warriors within one. The Eagles' Dylan Rusch, who scored a game-high 22 points, made the final two free throws with four seconds left before Jarnigo's running triple from beyond the right wing fell short.
The Warriors started out slow in the opening half, falling behind quickly 7-0. WLC pulled within 9-8 before the Eagles made another 12-4 run. WLC trailed by as many as 11 points (31-20) in the first half before EC carried a 35-28 lead into the locker room.
Brett Lubbe (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) led three Warriors in double figures with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Jarnigo finished with 11 and Jim Marose (Waukesha, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) added 10. WLC shot 37.3 percent (25-of-67) from the floor, including just 3-of-14 from downtown.
Rusch's 22 points were aided by his 10-of-10 performance from the charity stripe. Emilio Lopez also reached double figures with 10 points. Edgewood (9-6, 7-3 NACC) shot 45.1 percent (23-of-51) from the floor in the game.
Wisconsin Lutheran (4-11, 2-9 NACC) continues its three-game week Wednesday at NACC rival Concordia Wisconsin (8-8, 6-6 NACC) at 7 p.m. Links to live audio, stats, and video for the game will be available at wlcsports.com.