MILWAUKEE- Kyle Stelse (Jefferson, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) and Jake Jarnigo (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) led the Warriors with 23 and 22 points, respectively, but the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team fell just short in an 85-80 double overtime loss to Edgewood Saturday afternoon in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference opener at the Recreation Complex.
WHERE THEY STAND
- The loss dropped the Warriors to 1-2 and 0-1 in the NACC, while the Eagles collected their first win to move to 1-2 and 1-0 in NACC play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- WLC opened the game on an 8-0 run led by Brett Lubbe (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran). Edgewood then cut the lead to 23-19 with 6:07 to go in the first half. WLC led 34-26 at halftime.
- The Warriors opened the second half with a 5-1 scoring run to take their biggest lead of the game at 39-27 with 16:52 remaining in the second half.
- The Eagles kept hanging around and trailed by three, 59-56 at the 2:39 mark in the second half.
- Stelse tried to seal a Warriors' win with a pair of free throws, but Jake Heuer made a layup with three seconds remaining to send the contest into overtime after Jarnigo missed a three at the buzzer.
- In the first overtime, WLC lead by as many as five, as a pair of Stelse free throws made it 70-65 with 2:01 remaining.
- Heuer made another jump shot with 47 seconds to go to tie the game at 70. Jarnigo missed a three-point shot attempt as time expired to send the game to a second overtime.
- The second overtime was controlled by Edgewood, but the Warriors cut the lead 81-78 with 29 seconds remaining.
- Edgewood's lead was cut to three again with two seconds left by a DJ Escamilla (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) layup, but the Eagles closed out the game to win 85-80.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Stelse scored 23 points on 5-of-17 shooting, including going 12-of-15 from the line. Jarnigo had 22 points and was 4-for-10 from beyond the arc. Lubbe chipped in 14 and had a game high 11 rebounds. Jim Marose (Waukesha, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) notched 10 points and eight boards.
- Tal Diekvoss led the Eagles with 16 points going 4-of-6 from three. Heuer added six rebounds, and Dylan Rusch chipped in 15 including a game-high six assists.
- Edgewood shot 46.9 percent (30-of-64) from the field compared to the Warriors' 32.9 percent (25-for-76). Wisconsin Lutheran went 25-of-35 at the line (71.4 percent), while the Eagles were 19-for-28 (67.9 percent).
- WLC out-rebounded the Eagles 53-38 and had 24 second chance points compared to Edgewood's seven.
- The Eagles outscored the Warriors in the paint 40-24, and outscored the WLC bench 32-8.
- The Warriors are back in action at the Recreation Complex Tuesday at 7 p.m. as they host Dominican (0-3, 0-0 NACC). Live stats and video will be available at wlcsports.com.