WLC Holds Off Rival CUW For Big NACC Road Win

WLC Holds Off Rival CUW For Big NACC Road Win

MEQUON, Wis. - Kyle Stelse (Jefferson, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) had a game-high 21 points to lead four Warriors in double-figures as the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team held off a late surge by Concordia Wisconsin to win 82-80 Wednesday night at R. John Buuck Field House.

WHERE THEY STAND

  • Wisconsin Lutheran snapped its three-game losing streak to improve to 9-9 overall and 5-8 in the NACC. The Falcons saw their six-game winning streak come to an end as they fell to 10-7 overall and 9-5 in conference play.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The beginning of the first half was back-and-forth as the opening five-plus minutes featured two ties and five lead changes. WLC then went on a 16-3 run to lead 28-14 with 7:44 left in the first.
  • The Warriors' lead continued to build to a game-high 21 points at the 2:59 mark. The Falcons closed the half on an 11-2 run as Wisconsin Lutheran led at the break 42-30. 
  • A Nate Siemers (Nicollet, Minn./Minnesota Valley Lutheran) basket put the Warriors up by their largest margin of the second half at 16 points, 54-38.
  • Concordia Wisconsin used a 12-4 run to pull the game under double-digits at 58-50 with 11:41 to go in the second. WLC used an 11-4 run of its own to lead 69-54.
  • CUW answered back with a 19-6 run to pull within two at 75-73 with 2:21 remaining. The Falcons got as close as one point but Jake Jarnigo (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) sealed the game at the line for the 82-80 victory.
  • CUW had chance to tie or win the game on its final possession, but the Warriors prevented a shot attempt before the final horn sounded.
  • Siemers led Wisconsin Lutheran in the second half with 13 points.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • The Warriors shot 48.6 percent from the floor (36-for-74), while Concordia Wisconsin went for 45.8 percent (27-for-59).
  • Stelse led WLC in scoring for the third straight contest. 
  • Siemers' 18 points ties a career high set earlier this season. Jarnigo and DJ Escamilla (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) scored 15 and 10 points, respectively. 
  • The Warriors edged the Falcons on the glass 41-33, while Jarnigo had seven rebounds to lead WLC. 
  • Wisconsin Lutheran scored a season-high 82 points, the most since its 94-74 win over Maranatha a year ago.
  • Eric Kittel led three CUW players in double-figures with 17 points.

UP NEXT

  • Wisconsin Lutheran concludes its four-game road swing Saturday at Benedictine (11-6, 9-3 NACC) for a 3:15 p.m. tip-off. Links to live stats and video will be available at wlcsports.com.