Panthers Pull Away From Warriors In Second Half

Photo Credit: Len Cederholm
Photo Credit: Len Cederholm

MILWAUKEE ( – The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team had three players reach double-figure scoring and trailed by as few as seven points in the second half before eventually falling to NCAA Division I opponent Milwaukee 87-64 in an exhibition matchup Sunday afternoon inside the Klotsche Center.

  • Final Score: Milwaukee 87, Wisconsin Lutheran 64
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (5-4), Milwaukee (4-8)
  • Location: Klotsche Center, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • The Panthers jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead after a pair of three-pointers from DeAndre Abram.
  • The Warriors held Milwaukee without a point for 4:05 as WLC trimmed the deficit to 18-13 after a triple from Colin Biesterfeld (West Bend, Wis.) with 11:32 left in the first half.
  • Both teams went cold as neither side recorded a field goal for over three minutes as the Panthers lead was only 23-13.
  • Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) scored five consecutive points and Mack Knueppel (Jackson, Wis.) connected from behind the arc to cut the score to 28-21 with 5:24 left in the first half.
  • Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) drained a three-pointer right before the final horn of the half to bring the Warriors within 41-33 at the half.
  • Bruggink had nine points in the opening half to lead the Warriors, who shot 40.6 percent as a team.
  • A Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) triple brought the Warriors to within seven, 43-36, in the opening minute of the second half.
  • Milwaukee then rattled off a 13-0 run over the course of 3:59 to break the game open with a lead of 56-36.
  • An Abram dunk gave the Panthers their largest lead of the game at 69-46 with 10:06 left in regulation.
  • WLC used a quick 7-0 spurt in which Knueppel scored five points to cut the deficit to 69-53.
  • Isaiah Lenz (Oconomowoc, Wis.) connected on a three-pointer in the final minutes as UWM closed out the 87-64 decision.

  • Knueppel led the Warriors with 13 points and grabbed five boards, while Bruggink added 12 points and Kennedy had 10.
  • Colin Biesterfeld had eight points off the bench for WLC.
  • The Warriors shot 39.1 percent (25-of-64) from the floor and 48.0 percent (12-of-25) from behind the arc.
  • WLC forced eight turnovers in the exhibition and had nine second chance points.

  • Abram led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Panthers, who had five players reach double digits.
  • Vance Johnson and Jake Wright had 17 and 11 points, respectively, off the Milwaukee bench.
  • UWM shot 50.8 percent (31-of-61) from the field and connected on 14 three-pointers. The Panthers also shot 90.7 percent (11-of-12) from the charity stripe.
  • UWM outrebounded WLC, 39-31, and controlled the paint by a margin of 26-16.

  • The Warriors return to the Recreation Complex for the final time in 2018 when they host Lawrence (5-5) Wednesday in a non-conference battle. The Vikings fell 91-53 to UW-Oshkosh Friday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at