Warriors Surpass Century Mark Behind Kennedy's Career High

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Led by a career-high 37 points from Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.), the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team defeated the visiting Concordia Chicago Cougars 108-97 Saturday afternoon inside the Recreation Complex. The Warriors shot 52.8 percent and connected on a season-high 14 three-pointers in the contest. 

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 108, Concordia Chicago 97
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (5-3, 3-1 NACC), Concordia Chicago (2-5, 2-4 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • After a steal by Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) on the opening possession, Mack Knueppel (Jackson, Wis.) opened the scoring for WLC with a triple from the top of the key, then Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) buried a mid-range jumper to give the Warriors a 5-0 lead.
  • Kennedy scored seven straight points for Wisconsin Lutheran, increasing the lead to 12-4, forcing the Cougars to take a timeout to halt the Warriors momentum.
  • Concordia Chicago used a five-point swing to cut the WLC lead to five, but Kennedy answered with a triple from the left wing to give the hosts a 22-13 advantage with just over 12 minutes to play in the half.
  • Knueppel converted two free throws, then Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) buried a three from the corner to extend the Wisconsin Lutheran lead to 18 points with eight minutes remaining in the opening half.
  • Colin Biesterfeld (West Bend, Wis.) and Kennedy connected on back-to-back triples to push the Warriors lead to 20 points, but CUC answered with seven straight to cut the lead to 14 points.
  • Kennedy collected an offensive rebound and kicked it out to Knueppel, who connected on his third triple of the half, putting WLC back ahead by 19 points with two minutes to play in the first half.
  • Kennedy converted two more free throws, then Randy Johnson Jr. (Germantown, Wis.) beat the halftime buzzer with a corner three, sending WLC into the locker room with a 62-39 lead at the half.
  • Concordia Chicago opened the second half with five straight points in less than a minute, forcing the Warriors to take a timeout.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran responded after the timeout and extended its lead to 23 points with a jumper from Bruggink and two straight three-pointers from Kennedy.
  • Concordia Chicago connected on two straight triples to cut the Warriors lead to 16 points with 12 minutes to play, but Knueppel buried another three from the right wing and Bruggink converted a layup to give WLC an 85-66 advantage with 10:01 showing on the clock.
  • Kennedy tied his career-high of 36 points with a free throw, then converted another free throw on the ensuing possession to extend the WLC lead to 99-72 with five minutes remaining in the contest.
  • Alex VanCrete (Green Lake, Wis.) hit a mid-range jumper, then Goldstein buried another triple, giving the Warriors a 104-81 lead with just under three minutes to play.
  • Isaiah Lenz (Oconomowoc, Wis.) converted two free throws and Zach Zuleger (West Bend, Wis.) grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the ensuing layup.
  • Concordia Chicago connected on three triples in the final two minutes, but the Warriors held on for the 108-97 victory.

  • Kennedy led the Warriors with a career-high 37 points on 14-of-19 shooting and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds.
  • Goldstein scored 15 points while Knueppel added 14 points, five rebounds, and four blocks.
  • Bruggink rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.
  • Johnson added eight points on two triples, while Paul Koier (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) scored six points and pulled down six rebounds off the bench.
  • WLC shot 52.8 percent (38-of-72) from the field and knocked down a season-high 14 triples on 45.2 percent shooting from deep. It was the third time this season the Warriors have shot over 50 percent.
  • The Warriors out-rebounded CUC 50-35, including a season-best 19 offensive rebounds.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran also dished out a season-high 21 assists in the contest.
  • WLC has surpassed the century mark in its last three games against the Cougars.

  • Landen Gladney paced Concordia Chicago with 20 points and a game-high 13 rebounds while Israel Dosie added 17 points and Mitch Pelissier chipped in 14 points.
  • CUC shot 48.1 percent (39-of-81) from the field and connected on 13 three-pointers.

  • The Warriors enjoy a week off for finals before traveling to Dominican next Saturday. The Stars (1-5, 1-2 NACC) fell to Benedictine 86-57 Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.