MILWAUKEE – All five Warriors starters scored in double-figures, but it wasn't enough to overcome Ty Sabin's game-high 33 points as the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team fell to Ripon 85-73 in its home opener at the Recreation Complex on Tuesday night.
- Final Score: Ripon 85, Wisconsin Lutheran 73
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (1-3), Ripon (2-1)
- Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 345
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Warriors got off to a quick start, leading 10-5 with 15:52 remaining in the first half, for its largest lead of the contest.
- Ripon rattled off a 14-4 run to go in front 21-14.
- WLC battled back to tie the game at 25-25 and took a 28-25 lead on a Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis./Luther) three-pointer with 6:31 remaining in the half.
- The Red Hawks then used another 14-4 run to lead at halftime 43-32 after Sabin's long-range three-pointer beat the buzzer.
- The Warriors, led by Jake Jarnigo's (Lake Mills, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) nine points, shot 45.5 percent (15-for-33) from the field in the opening half, compared to RC's 50.0 percent (15-for-30).
- WLC remained close with Ripon throughout the second half, scoring the first five points of the period to close within six points. WLC couldn't get any closer than six the rest of the way, however. Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis./St. Francis) hit a three-pointer with :46 seconds remaining to pull Wisconsin Lutheran within seven at 80-73.
- Free throws down the stretch would seal the victory for Ripon, winning 85-73.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Collin Kennedy, Jarnigo, and Nowak scored 16 points apiece for the Warriors.
- Jim Marose (Waukesha, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) and Tanner Schieve (Slinger, Wis./Slinger) also finished in double-figures, scoring 13 and 10 points, respectively. Marose finished with a double-double, pulling down a career-high 16 rebounds.
- Ripon cashed in on their free throw opportunities, shooing 84.6 percent (22-for-26), compared to 50.0 percent (6-for-12) for the Warriors.
- Sabin was the only Red Hawk in double-figures, scoring 20 of his 33 points in the second half, on 12-for-21 shooting.
- WLC shot 43.7 percent (31-for-71) in the game and led in second-chance points 16-5.
- RC finished the contest shooting 50.0 percent (29-for-58) from the floor.
- WLC will open Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play against cross-town rival MSOE (1-2, 0-0 NACC) at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Recreation Complex. The Raiders are coming off a 74-61 win over Baruch last Saturday. Live audio, stats, and video will be available at wlcsports.com.