MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Chase Nowak (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Mack Knueppel (Jackson, Wis.) combined for 11 points in the overtime frame as the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team pulled out a 75-69 victory over the visiting MSOE Raiders Saturday afternoon inside the Recreation Complex. The victory was the Warriors' sixth in the last seven tries vs. the Raiders.
- Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 75, MSOE 69 (OT)
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (5-14, 5-10 NACC), MSOE (12-7, 11-4 NACC)
- Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Warriors jumped out to an 11-3 lead early in the contest after Tyler De Young (Waupun, Wis.) connected on a triple from the top of the key and Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) collected an offensive rebound and the following layup, forcing MSOE to take a timeout with 15 minutes remaining in the first half.
- The Raiders scored five straight points to cut the WLC lead to five, forcing the Warriors to take a timeout with 11:38 to play in the first half.
- Nowak used a steal and score to push Wisconsin Lutheran's lead to 22-10 with eight minutes remaining in the first half of play.
- MSOE answered with a 12-2 run to cut the Warriors' lead to just two points with four minutes remaining in the half.
- Both teams struggled to find the bottom of the basket for the remainder of the half, with WLC taking a 28-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.
- The Raiders used a quick 5-0 run to take a 37-34 lead shortly after halftime, their first of the game, with just over 14 minutes remaining in the contest.
- MSOE pushed its lead to seven following a fast break layup, but Randy Johnson Jr. (Milwaukee, Wis.) came off the bench and used a personal 5-0 run to bring the Warriors within two with 12 minutes to play.
- The two teams traded three-pointers for the following minutes, with MSOE holding a 53-48 advantage with just over five minutes remaining in the second half.
- The Warriors stormed back with a 7-2 run, capped off by a layup from Nowak to tie the game at 55-55 with 1:53 showing on the clock.
- Nowak scored on the following two possessions, giving WLC a 59-57 lead with 33.9 seconds left, but MSOE answered with a layup to tie the game at 59-59 with 19.9 seconds remaining.
- The Warriors called a timeout with 0:13 seconds left for a chance to win the game, but Nowak's shot didn't fall at the end of regulation, with the two teams headed to overtime tied at 59 apiece.
- Colin Biesterfeld (West Bend, Wis.) opened the scoring for WLC in the overtime period, then Kennedy connected on a triple from the wing to put the Warriors up three.
- MSOE answered with a three-point play of its own to tie the contest at 64 with 2:30 remaining in the extra period.
- Nowak scored seven straight points for the Warriors, capped off by a triple from the top of the key to put WLC ahead 71-66 with 0:40 seconds left, but MSOE answered with a three of its own to cut the Warriors lead to two with 0:33 seconds showing on the clock.
- Knueppel converted four free throws in the final 0:30 seconds to give WLC the 75-69 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Nowak led the way for the Warriors with 21 points, including seven points in the extra frame.
- Knueppel followed with 15 points, including four free throws in the overtime period. It was his sixth straight game reaching double-figures.
- Kennedy posted his third straight double-double and eighth of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Johnson added eight points off the bench.
- WLC shot 43.5 percent (27-of-62) in the contest, including 73.7 percent (14-of-19) from the charity stripe.
- Wisconsin Lutheran dominated the boards, owning a 47-27 rebounding advantage, including 17 offensive rebounds for its second-most of the season.
FOR THE FOES
- Matthew Kirmse led MSOE with a game-high 24 points, including five three-pointers, while Jason Palesse and Jake Gebert scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
- Sammy Linn added seven points and five assists off the bench for the visitors.
- MSOE shot 41 percent (25-of-61) from the floor and connected on 81.3 percent (13-of-16) of its free throw attempts.
- The Warriors continue NACC play when they host Lakeland (12-7, 9-6 NACC) Wednesday night inside the Recreation Complex. The Muskies have had over a week off after defeating Dominican Tuesday night, 97-68. In their first matchup this season, Lakeland posted a 95-79 victory over WLC. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.