Warriors Roll Into Conference Tourney Following Fourth Straight Win

Warriors Roll Into Conference Tourney Following Fourth Straight Win

MILWAUKEE – Jake Jarnigo (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) scored 21 points to lead five players in double-figures as the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team defeated MSOE 83-74 Wednesday on Senior Night at the Recreation Complex.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 83, MSOE 74
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (14-11, 10-10 NACC), MSOE (13-12, 10-10 NACC)
  • Series: The Warriors lead the all-time series 29-27. WLC snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Raiders with tonight's win. 
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 191

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Raiders started well out of the gate and had their largest lead of the game of nine points at 23-14 with 8:02 remaining in the first half.
  • MSOE led 28-19 before WLC used a 16-4 run to lead at halftime 35-32. Jarnigo led the Warriors with 13 points at the break.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran went on an 11-2 run to take its largest lead of the game, 55-41, with 12:49 remaining. 
  • The Raiders chipped away at the lead and pulled within four at 76-72 with 0:48 seconds remaining. 
  • But the Warriors finished the game off at the charity stripe, going 7-for-8 to seal an 83-74 victory. Kyle Stelse (Jefferson, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • The Warriors shot 45.0 percent (27-for-60) for the game, while MSOE finished at 48.1 percent (25-for-52). 
  • WLC went 8-of-16 (50 percent) from beyond the arc, its second-best performance from long distance this season.
  • Joining Jarnigo (21) and Stelse (18) in double-figures were Brett Lubbe (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. DJ Escamilla (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) and Christian Walz (Waukesha, Wis./West) chipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively, off of the bench. 
  • Lubbe, who wrapped up the regular season as the NACC's top rebounder, helped Wisconsin Lutheran out-rebound the Raiders 37-24.
  • Both teams shot well from the free-throw line as MSOE went 18-for-19 (94.7 percent) and WLC was 21-for-26 (80.8 percent).
  • The Warriors' bench out-scored the Raiders 26-6 and WLC scored 19 points off of 16 MSOE turnovers.
  • During their four-game winning streak, the Warriors haven't shot below 43 percent. 
  • Tonight marked the final home game for seniors Lubbe, Stelse, and Andrew O'Herron (Elburn, Ill./Kaneland).
  • Austin Stueck led the Raiders with a game-high 29 points as two other Raiders finished in double-figures.

UP NEXT

  • Seventh-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran travels to face second-seeded Benedictine (17-8, 15-5 NACC) in a NACC Tournament quarterfinal matchup Saturday at 2 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at wlcsports.com. BenU defeated WLC 73-57 and 83-57 in both of their prior meetings this season.