LISLE, Ill. – Jake Jarnigo (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) led three players in double-figures with a game high 20 points, but Benedictine overpowered Wisconsin Lutheran College on the glass as the second-seeded Eagles defeated the seventh-seeded Warriors 64-55 Saturday afternoon in a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal game at the Dan and Ada Rice Center.
- Final Score: Benedictine 64, Wisconsin Lutheran 55
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (14-12), Benedictine (18-8)
- Series: The Eagles lead the all-time series 13-4. BenU has won six straight meetings over the Warriors.
- Location: Rice Center, Lisle, Ill. | Attendance: 224
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Eagles scored first and held the Warriors to just six points through the first 10 minutes of the game.
- BenU went into the break with a 13-point lead as it limited the Warriors to just 15 points at halftime.
- WLC was held to 31.6 percent (6-for-19) shooting in the first half. BenU shot 36.1 percent (13-for-36).
- Benedictine out-rebounded the Warriors 24-8, including 11-0 on the offensive glass. Jarnigo led the Warriors with eight points at the break, while Tahron Harvey also had eight for the Eagles.
- Both teams picked up the scoring in the second half, but not before the Eagles netted the first six points for a game-high 19-point lead at 34-15.
- The Warriors continued to fight and trimmed their deficit down to just seven points at 43-36 with 10:45 remaining. Benedictine answered with a 7-0 run of its own to build the lead back to 14 points and the Warriors never came closer than seven points the rest of the way.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The Warriors shot 43.5 percent (20-for-46) for the game, while Benedictine finished at 49.1 percent (28-for-57).
- WLC went 6-of-20 (30.0 percent) from beyond the arc and just under 70 percent (9-for-13) from the charity stripe.
- DJ Escamilla (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) scored 12 points off the bench and Kyle Stelse (Jefferson, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) added 10 to join Jarnigo in double-figures.
- The Eagles out-rebounded the Warriors 42-20 and out-scored them 17-2 in points off turnovers. The 20 rebounds and two offensive rebounds were a season-low for Wisconsin Lutheran.
- BenU also held a 42-24 advantage on points in the paint.
- Two Eagles scored in double-figures led by Harvey's 17 off the bench and Kevin Rollins' 13.
- The contest marked the final career game for seniors Stelse, Brett Lubbe (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran), and Andrew O'Herron (Elburn, Ill./Kaneland).
- The Warriors' 14 wins are the most since the 2008-2009 season.
- Benedictine advances to host No. 3 Concordia Wisconsin Tuesday in a semifinal matchup. The Falcons defeated No. 6 MSOE 71-56.