League-Leading Spartans Prove Too Much For Warriors

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

AURORA, Ill. - A 13-2 second-half run from Aurora proved too much for the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team as the Spartans defeated the Warriors 95-70 Saturday afternoon at Thornton Gymnasium.


  • The Warriors dropped their second straight conference game to fall to 8-8 overall and 4-7 in the NACC. Aurora improved to 11-4 overall and 9-2 in the conference after winning for the fourth time in its last five games.


  • Wisconsin Lutheran scored the first basket of the game before AU rattled off eight straight points.
  • WLC tied the score at 12-12 and later 17-17 before a 16-3 Spartans run gave them a 33-20 lead with 7:42 left in the first half.
  • The Warriors closed within eight points just before the halftime break and went into halftime trailing 41-32.
  • DJ Escamilla (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) paced the Warriors with 10 points in the opening half as they shot 39.3 percent from the floor. Aurora shot 44.4 percent from the floor in the opening half.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran trailed 49-39 with 17:12 left in the second half, before a 13-2 Spartans run gave the hosts a 62-41 lead with 14:56 remaining.
  • The Spartans held a game-high 30-point lead at 79-49 after they made one of their nine three-pointers in the game.
  • The Forest Green and White could get no closer than 21 points the rest of the way as the Spartans kept their hold on first place in the NACC.


  • The Warriors shot 48.2 percent (27-for-56) from the floor, while the Spartans shot an even better 52.9 percent (37-for-70). WLC's 48.2 percent performance is its third-best of the season.
  • Kyle Stelse (Jefferson, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) scored 16 points to lead three players in double-figures. Escamilla finished with 13 and Brett Lubbe (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) had 10. Nate Siemers (Nicollet, Minn./Minnesota Valley Lutheran) had 10 rebounds for the Warriors.
  • AU out-rebounded WLC 38-30 and out-scored them 31-11 in points off turnovers.
  • Kyle Pilmer scored 18 points to lead three players in double-figures for Aurora.


  • Wisconsin Lutheran continues its four-game road swing Tuesday when it visits cross-town NACC foe MSOE (7-6, 4-4 NACC) at 7 p.m. Links to live stats and video will be available at wlcsports.com.