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.
WHERE THEY STAND
- 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.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 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.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- 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.