Second-Half Comeback Not Enough In Loss At Dominican

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

RIVER FOREST, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team dropped a 93-80 NACC road decision against Dominican Saturday afternoon inside the Igini Sports Forum. The Stars shot 52.5 percent from the floor and connected on 15 three-pointers in the contest. It was the Warriors' first loss in River Forest since 2010, a span of seven games.

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  • Final Score: Dominican 93, Wisconsin Lutheran 80
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (5-4, 3-2 NACC), Dominican (2-6, 2-2 NACC)
  • Location: Igini Sports Forum, River Forest, Ill.

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  • The Stars rushed out to a quick 7-2 lead just two minutes into the game before Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) recorded the Warriors' first field goal of the game with 17:51 left in the opening half.
  • Paul Koier (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) knotted the game at 14-14 with 12:57 left on the scoreboard for the first tie of the game.
  • WLC scored just two points over the next 6:42 as DU jumped out to a 29-16 lead.
  • Mack Knueppel (Jackson, Wis.) buried a triple off a Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) steal to trim the Stars' lead to 37-26 with 1:39 remaining in the first half.
  • Dominican carried a 39-27 lead into halftime as WLC shot just 26.5 percent from the floor compared to DU's 53.6 percent.
  • An early three-minute scoring drought for Wisconsin Lutheran saw DU expand its lead to 21 at 54-33 with under 16 minutes to play in regulation.
  • The Stars reached their largest lead of the game of 25 points at 61-36 with 14:13 left in the second half.
  • The Warriors battled back and held the hosts without a field goal for 4:29 as Grant Biesterfeld's (West Bend, Wis.) jumper trimmed the lead to just 10, 83-73, with 3:21 left in regulation.
  • The deficit never dropped into single digits as DU closed out the 93-80 conference contest.

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  • Sam Kaufman (Spring Grove, Ill.) led all Warriors with 12 point off the bench.
  • Koier added 10 points and eight rebounds, six of which were on the offensive glass for WLC.
  • Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) recorded eight points and grabbed 11 boards.
  • WLC was held to a season-low 39.0 percent (30-for-77) from the floor and 20 percent (4-for-20) from behind the arc.
  • The Warriors grabbed a season-high 22 offensive rebounds and forced 22 turnovers which they converted into 32 points. The bench also contributed 48 points in the matchup.

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  • Dominican had four players reach double figures, led by Dennis Handy's 22 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Jackson Smith added 16 and Isaac Moore had 11.
  • DU shot 52.5 percent (32-for-61) in the contest and 53.6 percent (15-for-28) from behind the arc.

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  • The Warriors face a quick turnaround when they play NCAA Division I opponent Milwaukee (3-8) Sunday afternoon in an exhibition game. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. inside the Klotsche Center. Live coverage links can be found at WLCSports.com.