Warriors Hold Off Stars For Fourth Straight Win

Photo Credit: Larry Radloff, d3photography.com
Photo Credit: Larry Radloff, d3photography.com

RIVER FOREST, Ill. - Four players scored in double-figures as the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team held on to defeat Dominican 67-63 Saturday afternoon at the Igini Sports Forum to earn their fourth straight victory.

WHERE THEY STAND

  • The Warriors won their fourth straight game to improve to 8-6 overall and inched closer to .500 in conference play at 4-5. The Stars suffered their fourth straight defeat to fall to 1-12 overall and 1-7 in the NACC.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Stars jumped out to a 10-6 lead over the Warriors after four lead changes in the opening 4:06.
  • WLC responded with a 12-2 run over the next five minutes to take an 18-12 lead, a lead that it would never relinquish.
  • Dominican came within three points at 26-23, but Wisconsin Lutheran scored seven consecutive points to close the first half ahead 33-23.
  • WLC controlled points in the paint, 22-10, and out-scored DU 14-5 in second-chance points after out-rebounding the hosts 25-12 in the opening period.
  • The Stars scored the first nine points of the second half to climb within a point, but an 18-7 Warriors run over the next six-plus minutes gave them their largest lead of the game at 51-39.
  • DU answered with the next seven points to close within five points and wouldn't seem to go away.
  • The Stars came within one possession of tying or taking the lead four times within the final 2:43, but WLC went 6-for-8 from the charity stripe during that time and Nate Siemers' (Nicollet, Minn./Minnesota Valley Lutheran) slam on the final possession sealed the Warriors' fourth straight win.
  • Dominican hung around by out-scoring Wisconsin Lutheran 12-3 in points off turnovers in the final half. The Stars committed only two turnovers over the final 20 minutes.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • The Warriors shot 44.6 percent (25-for-56) for the game, compared to the Stars' 41.5 percent (22-for-53).
  • Jake Jarnigo (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) scored 15 points to pace four players in double-figures. Siemers added 14 points off the bench, and Brett Lubbe (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) and Kyle Stelse (Jefferson, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) chipped in 12 points apiece.
  • Lubbe and Siemers had eight rebounds each as WLC dominated DU on the glass, 41-25.
  • The Warriors attempted a season-low eight three-pointers, making four to finish at 50 percent.
  • WLC out-scored DU's bench, 21-9.
  • The four-game winning streak is the longest since the 2008-2009 season.
  • Josh Mayberry scored a game-high 19 points in lead three Stars in double-figures.

UP NEXT

  • After playing four straight games away from the friendly confines of the Recreation Complex, the Warriors return home Wednesday to host Benedictine (7-5, 5-2 NACC) at 7 p.m. Links to live stats and video will be available at wlcsports.com.