MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – After holding a 10-point halftime lead, the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team suffered an 82-73 setback against the visiting Concordia Wisconsin Falcons Saturday afternoon inside the Recreation Complex. With his free throw at the 10:17 mark in the second half, Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis.) became the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at WLC.
- Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 82, Wisconsin Lutheran 73
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (2-14, 2-10 NACC), Concordia Wisconsin (10-8, 8-5 NACC)
- Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Tyler De Young (Waupun, Wis.) opened the scoring for the Warriors, connecting on a triple from the top of the key, while Nowak buried a mid-range jumper to put WLC ahead 5-3 with 17 minutes to play in the first half.
- Moments after a rejection from Nowak, Collin Kennedy (Holmem, Wis.) knocked down a corner three to put Wisconsin Lutheran ahead 10-6 with 11 minutes on the clock in the first half.
- Randy Johnson Jr. (Milwaukee, Wis.) entered the game and immediately got on the board with a three-pointer, then Caleb Goldstein scored a driving layup to put the Warriors ahead 20-12, forcing CUW to take a timeout with 8:36 left in the half.
- Goldstein stole an inbound pass and took the ball the length of the floor for a layup and the foul, then De Young knocked down a corner jumper on the ensuing possession, giving the Warriors a 28-15 lead and forcing the Falcons to take a timeout with 5:28 to play in the half.
- The two teams traded baskets in the final minutes of the half, but WLC maintained a 37-27 advantage at halftime.
- Nowak buried a three from the wing to push the Warriors lead to 11 with 16 minutes left in the second half, but CUW answered with five straight points to cut Wisconsin Lutheran's lead to six, 44-38.
- Two straight baskets brought the Falcons within three points, but Mack Knueppel (Jackson, Wis.) answered with a three from the top of the key to put WLC back ahead by six points with 9:30 remaining.
- Concordia Wisconsin used a barrage of three-pointers to take a 62-61 lead, its first lead since the 18:55 mark in the first half.
- CUW continued its hot shooting from deep, pushing its lead to four with four minutes to play in the contest.
- The Falcons increased their lead to eight, but Nowak answered with a corner three to bring the Warriors within five with two minutes left to play.
- Nowak and Knueppel scored baskets on the next two WLC possessions, but CUW answered with a fast-break dunk, forcing the Warriors to foul to stop the clock.
- The Falcons converted two free throws in the final minute of the contest to ice the game, earning the 82-73 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Nowak and Knueppel led the way for the Warriors with 15 points apiece, while Goldstein added 12 points.
- Collin Kennedy added 11 points and corralled eight rebounds, while De Young chipped in nine points and eight boards.
- WLC shot 40.9 percent (27-of-66) in the contest and connected on 45 percent (9-of-20) of its outside shots.
- The hosts controlled the rebounding advantage 42-27, including 15 offensive rebounds, their highest-total of the season.
FOR THE FOES
- Josh Erickson led a balanced CUW attack with 19 points, while Jordan Johnson added 16 points.
- Noah Gosse scored 14 points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds, with Josh Hau adding 12 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
- The visitors shot 53.6 percent (30-of-56) from the field and knocked down 47.6 percent (10-of-21) of their three-point attempts.
- Concordia Wisconsin out-scored WLC 38-26 in the paint and received 25 points from its bench players.
- The Warriors travel to River Forest, Illinois, Tuesday evening to take on the Concordia Chicago Cougars (2-14, 1-11 NACC) for the first of three games next week. The Cougars picked up their first NACC win of the season Saturday afternoon against Dominican by a score of 77-63. In their initial matchup earlier this season, WLC earned a 106-98 victory over CUC. Live stats and video for the contest will be available at WLCSports.com.