Second-Half Shooting Woes Cost WLC In Loss To MSOE

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

MILWAUKEE - After leading for the entire first half, the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team shot just 23.1 percent in the second half as the host Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders came from behind to defeat the Warriors 68-54 Tuesday night in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference action at the Kern Center.

WHERE THEY STAND

  • Wisconsin Lutheran dropped its third straight game to fall to 8-9 overall and 4-8 in the NACC. MSOE improved to 8-6 overall and 5-4 in league play after winning its third straight game.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors started strong from the opening tip as they built a 12-2 lead five minutes into the game, forcing the Raiders to call timeout.
  • WLC led by as many as 12 points at 31-19 late in the first half before MSOE closed the half on a 9-3 run to close within four points at 34-30.
  • The Forest Green and White shot 44.4 percent (12-for-27) in the first half, while the Raiders shot 52.2 percent (12-for-23).
  • Brett Lubbe (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) scored all nine of his points for the game in the first half. The Raiders' Austin Stueck netted 10 points.
  • MSOE began the second half with a 9-2 run to take its first lead of the game, and followed with another 10-4 scoring surge for a 47-40 lead.
  • The Raiders' lead stretched to double-digits at 54-44 with 10:35 on the clock and later reached 18 points with 1:15 remaining.
  • WLC shot just 23.1 percent (6-for-26) in the second half, while MSOE countered with an impressive 61.9 percent (13-for-21) performance.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Wisconsin Lutheran finished the contest shooting 34.0 percent (18-for-53), while MSOE went for 56.8 percent (25-for-44).
  • Kyle Stelse (Jefferson, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) led the Warriors in scoring for the second straight game with 13 points. He was the only player to reach double-figures.
  • WLC (11 turnovers) was out-scored by MSOE (nine turnovers) 13-2 in points off turnovers.
  • The Warriors edged the Raiders on the glass 30-28 as Lubbe and Jim Marose (Waukesha, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) corralled nine rebounds each.
  • WLC was held to a season-low 54 points and lost for the sixth straight time at the Kern Center. Its last win at the downtown arena came on January 12, 2008 in an 82-78 victory.
  • Stueck, the conference's leading scorer, finished with 20 points to pace the Raiders.

UP NEXT

  • Wisconsin Lutheran has eight days off before resuming its four-game road swing Wednesday, January 21 at Concordia Wisconsin (8-6, 7-4 NACC). Links to live stats and video for the 7 p.m. contest will be available at wlcsports.com.