Men's Hoops Brings Home Big Win Over Edgewood

Photo Credit: WLC Athletic Communications
Photo Credit: WLC Athletic Communications

MADISON, Wis. - DJ Escamilla (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) scored 16 points off the bench and Brett Lubbe (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) and Kyle Stelse (Jefferson, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) each recorded double-doubles to lead the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team to a 71-65 road victory over Edgewood Tuesday night at the Todd Wehr Edgedome.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 71, Edgewood 65
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (12-11, 8-10 NACC), Edgewood (11-12, 10-8 NACC)
  • Series: The Eagles lead the all-time series 35-22. The Warriors snapped a nine-game losing streak against Edgewood with tonight's win.
  • Location: Todd Wehr Edgedome, Madison, Wis. | Attendance: 241

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors held the lead for all but the opening 2:12 of the first period despite one tie and one lead change.
  • WLC led by a game-high 12 points, its first double-digit lead of the game, at 29-17 with 9:01 left in the first half.
  • The Eagles later closed within four points at 38-34 before the Warriors went into halftime ahead 40-34. WLC shot 53.1 percent in the opening 20 minutes, while Edgewood went for a comparable 48.1 percent.
  • WLC netted the first four points of the second half, but the Eagles answered back with a 10-0 run to tie the score at 44-44.
  • Edgewood took its only lead of the second half at 51-50 before Wisconsin Lutheran responded with a 9-3 run for a 59-54 lead with 7:11 remaining.
  • The Eagles again came within two points a minute later, but six straight from the Warriors gave them an eight-point lead with three-and-a-half left. A pair of breakaway lay-ups in the final :34 seconds sealed the win for the Forest Green and White.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Wisconsin Lutheran shot 45.3 percent (29-for-64) from the floor, while Edgewood came in just below at 42.9 percent (24-for-56).
  • Lubbe finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds and Stelse added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Escamilla's team-high 16 points were aided by his four triples for the second straight contest.
  • WLC edged the Eagles on the glass, 38-37, but had nearly as many offensive rebounds (18) as defensive boards (20).
  • The Warriors committed a season-low six turnovers and out-scored the Eagles 11-0 in points off turnovers in the second half.
  • Dylan Rusch scored a game-high 17 points to lead three Eagles in double-figures.
  • The Warriors snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Eagles. Prior to tonight's victory, WLC last defeated Edgewood in the quarterfinal round of the 2009 NACC Tournament.

QUOTABLES

  • "This was a really big road win that means a lot of this team. We're starting to play well and want to finish the season strong." - Head Coach Skip Noon

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors play their final two games of the regular season at home, beginning with a Saturday showdown with Rockford (7-16, 6-12 NACC) at 4:15 p.m. Links to live stats and video will be available at wlcsports.com. WLC, which holds a two-game lead over the Regents in the NACC standings, defeated Rockford 91-74 in their first meeting of the season December 13 in Rockford, Ill.