RIVER FOREST, Ill. - The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team shot 48.3 percent from the floor, including 60 percent from three-point range, to pickup an important 82-66 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference road victory over Dominican Thursday night at the Igini Sports Forum.
Jake Jarnigo (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) led four players in double figures with 17 points on 5-of-7 from three-point range. Christian Walz (Waukesha, Wis./West) poured in 12 points off the bench and Kyle Stelse (Jefferson, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) contributed 11. Jim Marose (Waukesha, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) added 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
WLC's 48.3 percent (28-of-58) shooting was its second-highest mark of the season, and its 60 percent (9-of-15) performance from three-point range tied a season-high. The Warriors were also an efficient 81 percent (17-of-21) from the charity stripe.
The Warriors (6-13, 4-11 NACC), who led from the opening tip, wasted little time jumping in front of Dominican as they scored the first seven points through the opening 3:34. WLC continued to capitalize on the Stars' early shooting struggles as it extended its lead to 16 points (20-4) at the 12:16 mark. DU then used a 10-2 run to get within eight points with 9:43 remaining, and later came as close as five (31-26). DJ Escamilla (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) gave the Warriors a 39-31 halftime lead after hitting one of the team's six three-pointers in the period with 10 seconds left before the break.
Jarnigo netted 12 points on four three-pointers to lead all first-half scorers. The Warriors shot 14-of-33 from the floor in the half, and committed only three turnovers. The Stars shot 11-of-28 from the floor, and turned the ball over only three times themselves.
The Warriors remained in full throttle mode in the second half, opening with a 9-0 run to lead by 17 points with 16:40 left. Wisconsin Lutheran's lead never dropped below 12 points thanks to its 56 percent shooting. An 11-2 WLC run late in the second half gave the Forest Green and White its second 21-point lead of the game, the largest margin of the evening.
WLC controlled the glass 41-28 and owned a 34-18 advantage on points in the paint.
Josh Mayberry scored 16 points and Ryan Risley added 14 for the Stars (4-15, 3-11 NACC), who shot 40 percent (22-of-55) for the game.
The Warriors are idle until next Wednesday when they travel to Lakeland (15-4, 11-3 NACC) for a 7 p.m. NACC contest. Live audio, stats, and video will be available for the game at wlcsports.com.