RIVER FOREST, Ill. (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team overcame a 10-point deficit late in the second half to force overtime and out-scored Concordia Chicago by nine in the extra session for a 111-102 win over the Cougars Tuesday night inside Geiseman Gymnasium. Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) scored 35 points to lead four players in double-figures as the Warriors scored their most points in a game since 2008.
- Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 111, Concordia Chicago 102 (OT)
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (3-14, 3-10 NACC), Concordia Chicago (2-15, 1-12 NACC)
- Location: Geiseman Gymnasium, River Forest, Ill.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Neither team could gain much of an upper hand early, as the opening half featured five lead changes and five ties.
- The Warriors grabbed a 22-16 lead at the 10:45 mark of the first half after a 5-0 spurt for their largest lead of the half.
- Concordia Chicago responded with a 9-0 run to take a 25-22 lead with 8:06 left on the first-half clock.
- Wisconsin Lutheran led just once under the final eight minutes of the first half at 34-33 after Christian Kennedy's (Holmen, Wis.) three-pointer.
- The Cougars led by as many as seven points, 45-38, with 2:15 left and carried a 47-43 lead into the locker room.
- WLC shot 51.6 percent (16-for-31) in the opening period and was led by Collin Kennedy's (Holmen, Wis.) 12 points. CUC grabbed the halftime lead due to its nine three-pointers and 48.6 percent (18-for-37) output from the floor.
- The Cougars built another seven-point lead at 52-45 within the first minute of the second half, but the Warriors chipped away and took their first lead of the half at 62-61 in the midst of an 8-0 run with 12 minutes remaining.
- Concordia Chicago erased a 68-64 deficit with an 11-2 run and extended its lead to a game-high 10 points twice inside five minutes.
- Wisconsin Lutheran still trailed by nine points at 87-78 with 3:17 remaining, but refused to go away.
- Mack Knueppel (Jackson, Wis.) scored six points in the final 2:16, Collin Kennedy buried a three, and Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis.) tied the game with 0:15 seconds left on a baseline drive to tie the score at 92-92 and force an extra period after an 11-3 run. CUC made just one field goal in the final 2:48 of regulation.
- Nowak netted the first seven points of overtime and the Warriors never trailed in the extra session. Knueppel collected six points, Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) four, and Collin Kennedy gave WLC its largest lead of the game of 12 points with a pair of free throws with 0:37 seconds left to seal the comeback win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Collin Kennedy netted a game-high 35 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to lead a balanced Warriors attack with four players in double-figures. It was the junior's sixth double-double of the season.
- Nowak finished with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Knueppel added a career-best 21.
- Farner was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor for a career-best 11 points in addition to eight boards off the bench.
- WLC concluded the game shooting 51.3 percent (39-for-76) from the floor and made 10 three-pointers, its second-highest output of the season.
- The Warriors controlled the glass, 50-40, and out-scored the Cougars 38-18 on points in the paint. The 50 total rebounds also were a season-best.
- Wisconsin Lutheran, which played its third overtime game this season, was an effective 23-for-27 from the free-throw line.
- The contest was the highest-scoring game in the NACC this season.
FOR THE FOES
- Jalen Meeks scored a team-high 25 points to pace five Cougars in double-figures. Meeks and Jonathan Wilson grabbed nine rebounds, while Mitch Pelissier dished out nine assists.
- CUC drained 17 three-pointers on 43 attempts in the contest.
- The Warriors continue their second three-game week of the season with a NACC contest Thursday at Dominican (4-13, 2-11 NACC). The game tips-off at 7:00 p.m. and is a reschedule from the original date of January 11. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.