Eagles End Warriors' Four-Game Winning Streak

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team was held to a season-low 32.8 percent shooting as visiting Benedictine defeated the host Warriors 73-57 Wednesday night at the Recreation Complex.

WHERE THEY STAND

  • The Warriors had their four-game winning streak snapped to fall to 8-7 overall and 4-6 in NACC play. Benedictine won its second straight game to improve to 8-5 overall and 6-2 in conference action.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Wisconsin Lutheran made the first bucket of the game and led 4-2 at the 18:22 mark before the Eagles used a 12-0 run to take the lead for good.
  • BenU led by a game-high 16 points at 25-9 with 7:34 remaining in the first half, but a 13-5 Warriors run cut the deficit in half and Benedictine led at the break 36-26. 
  • WLC hung around in the second half, cutting the lead down to five at 45-40 with 14:37 remaining. 
  • After the Eagles stretched out the lead once again, the Warriors used a 7-0 run to pull within four points at 58-54 at the 5:13 mark.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran managed to score only three points the rest of the game as BenU put the game away for the 73-57 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • The Warriors struggled from the field, shooting a season-low 32.8 percent (19-for-58), compared to Benedictine's 43.4 percent (23-for-53).
  • Jake Jarnigo (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) led WLC with 15 points and DJ Escamilla (Hartland, Wis /Arrowhead) chipped in 10. 
  • Brett Lubbe (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) pulled down a team-high seven boards, but the Warriors were out-rebounded 47-27 for just the third time this season.
  • The 57-point output was the Warriors' second-lowest of the season.
  • Michael Blaszczyk posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead four players in double-figures for the Eagles.
  • BenU had 20 second-chance points compared to Wisconsin Lutheran's nine and went 21-for-27 (77.8 percent) at the free-throw line.
  • 20th-year Eagles head coach Keith Bunkenburg earned his 300th career coaching victory.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors start a four-game road swing Saturday against league-leading Aurora (10-4, 8-2 NACC) at 4:15 p.m. Links to live stats and video will be available at wlcsports.com.