LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Jake Jarnigo (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) scored a career-high 35 points, including the go-ahead fade-away jumper with :29 seconds left in overtime, to lead the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team to a 70-69 win over Willamette (Ore.) Monday night in the D3hoops.com Classic at South Point Arena.
WHERE THEY STAND
- The Warriors won for the third time in their last four games to even their overall record to 6-6. The Bearcats dropped to 2-6 on the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Warriors jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead over the Bearcats just 2:58 into the game, and held a game-high 11-point lead at 17-6 with 11:41 remaining in the first period.
- Willamette took its first lead of the game at 27-26 with 6:14 on the clock. Trailing 32-30, WLC went on a 9-1 run and went into halftime with a 39-35 lead.
- Wisconsin Lutheran shot a blistering 56.5 percent in the first half as Jarnigo scored 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting. The Bearcats were 12-for-27 in the first half for 44.4 percent.
- The Warriors scored the first five points to open the second half with a nine-point lead, before a 9-2 run by Willamette cut the lead to just two points at 46-44.
- A second 9-0 Bearcats run later followed as they took a 53-50 lead over the Warriors with 11:54 on the clock.
- Neither team held more than a three-point lead from that point forward as there were three lead changes the rest of regulation.
- With the score knotted at 62-62 with two seconds left, Jim Marose (Waukesha, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) had a chance to seal the game at the charity stripe for WLC, but missed both of his free throw attempts as the game went to overtime.
- The Warriors scored first in overtime and held the lead for the opening 2:22, but a 6-0 Bearcats run gave them a three-point lead with 2:03 left.
- Two made free throws from Jarnigo set the stage for the eventual game-winning shot as he nailed a fade-away jumper from the elbow with :29 seconds left. WLC withstood a pair of WU missed shots over the final :14 seconds and held on for the thrilling victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Jarnigo's career-high 35 points topped his previous mark of 29 scored earlier this season. It is the most points scored by a Warriors player since Tim Demuth dropped in 36 points January 7, 2013.
- Marose joined Jarnigo in double-figures with 12 points.
- The Warriros shot 41.8 percent (23-for-55) for the game, while the Bearcats went 42.6 percent (23-for-54) from the floor.
- Brett Lubbe (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) and Kyle Stelse (Jefferson, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) each had a game-high nine rebounds as WLC out-rebounded Willamette, 48-29
- WLC committed a season-high 25 turnovers which led to 24 Bearcats points.
- The Warriors struggled from the free throw line, shooting just 60 percent (18-for-30).
- The game featured seven ties and 10 lead changes.
- Nico Troplent scored 16 points to pace four players in double-figures for Willamette.
- The Warriors take on Wartburg (Iowa) (7-3) tomorrow at 4 p.m. CST in their final game of the D3hoops.com Classic. The Knights fell to Hampden-Sydney 69-55 Sunday in Las Vegas. Links to live stats and video for the game will be available at wlcsports.com.