Kennedy's Put-Back Propels Warriors Past Vikings

Kennedy's Put-Back Propels Warriors Past Vikings

APPLETON, Wis. - An offensive rebound and put-back layup from Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis./Luther) with 13 seconds remaining in the game finished a 12-point second-half comeback as the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team notched its first victory of the season over Lawrence, 71-70, at Alexander Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

THE BASICS

  • Final score: Wisconsin Lutheran 71, Lawrence 70
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (1-1), Lawrence (1-1)
  • Location: Alexander Gymnasium, Appleton, Wis. | Attendance: 554

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The first half went back-and-forth throughout, until a couple late baskets gave the Vikings a 37-31 lead going into the half.
  • The Warriors shot 41.9 percent from the field in the opening half, compared to LU's 46.4 percent.
  • An Evan McLaughlin layup gave Lawrence its largest lead of the contest, 44-32, with 17:21 remaining in the second half.
  • A three-point basket from Jake Jarnigo (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) gave WLC a 53-51 lead with just over eight minutes remaining, its first lead since the 6:16 mark of the first half.
  • LU took the lead again late in the game, after a layup with just over 31 seconds remaining in regulation.
  • With 13 seconds remaining, Kennedy collected the offensive rebound from Jarnigo's missed jumper and finished the layup, ultimately giving the Warriors the win.
  • Lawrence's last-second three-point attempt was well-defended by the Warriors.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Jarnigo and Tanner Schieve (Slinger, Wis./Slinger) led the Warriors with 15 points each. Jim Marose (Waukesha Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) and Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis./St. Francis) contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively.
  • Marose grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and Schieve dished out five assists.
  • WLC shot 49.1 percent (28-for-57) in the contest, including 31.6 percent (6-for-19) from behind the arc.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran edged Lawrence 7-6 on the offensive glass and out-scored the hosts 9-2 in second-chance points.
  • LU was led by 23 points from Jamie Nikitas and 17 from Mitch Willer.
  • Lawrence dominated points in the paint, 36-20.
  • The win by the Warriors put an end to the Vikings' eight-game winning streak in the all-time series.

UP NEXT

  • WLC travels to take on 23rd-ranked UW-Oshkosh (0-1) on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Kolf Sports Center. The Titans are coming off a 68-62 loss against St. Norbert on Monday. Live stats and video will be available for the contest at wlcsports.com.