Men’s Basketball Suffers Third Straight Setback

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MADISON, Wis. (WLCSports.com) – Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) and Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, but the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team fell late to the Edgewood Eagles 77-70 Saturday afternoon inside the Todd Wehr Edgedome in the Warriors' final game of the 2018 calendar year.

  • Final Score: Edgewood 77, Wisconsin Lutheran 70
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (5-6, 3-3 NACC), Edgewood (3-6, 3-3 NACC)
  • Location: Todd Wehr Edgedome, Madison, Wis.

  • The Warriors faced an uphill climb early as they trailed by nine points twice through the first 6:40 of the game.
  • Trailing 16-7, Wisconsin Lutheran ran off 14 straight points to take a 21-16 lead as Kennedy scored nine points during the run.
  • WLC later extended its lead to a game-high eight points after a pair of Bruggink free throws that gave the visitors a 30-22 lead with 3:13 left before halftime.
  • The Eagles closed the half on a 7-0 run over the final 1:27 and the score was knotted at 34-34 heading into the locker room.
  • Edgewood scored the first five points of the second half, but the Warriors scored nine straight to take a 43-39 lead with 15:14 left in the game.
  • EC tied the game at 43-43, the first of eight ties in the second half, and led 50-44 with 11:39 remaining.
  • The Green and White grabbed the lead back at 57-56 on a Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) jumper with 7:03 to play, and later gave WLC a three-point lead, 64-61, at the 2:46 mark.
  • After the hosts grabbed the lead back again, Bruggink tied the score at 66-66 with 1:51 left after a pair of free throws.
  • Edgewood scored the next five points to take a 71-66 lead and the Warriors couldn't come any closer than three points in the final 0:20 seconds as they fell 77-70.

  • Kennedy led the Warriors with 22 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and Bruggink was right behind with 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
  • Goldstein was the third Warrior to reach double figures with 13 points on a trio of three-pointers.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran shot 41 percent (25-for-61) for the game, but just 33.3 percent in the second half.
  • The Warriors went 8-for-22 from downtown for 36.4 percent and 12-for-19 from the free throw line for 63.2 percent.
  • WLC out-rebounded EC 40-36 and out-scored the hosts 13-4 in fastbreak points. Nearly all other team stat comparisons were even throughout the game.

  • Jake Negus paced three Eagles in double figures with 21 points. Emil Radisevic added a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds.
  • The Eagles shot 44.8 percent (26-for-58) for the game and out-scored the Warriors 17-7 in bench points. EC missed just four free throws and shot 81.8 percent (18-for-22) from the charity stripe.

  • Wisconsin Lutheran is off until January 3 when it hosts NACC newcomer Illinois Tech (5-5, 3-3 NACC) at 7:00 p.m. in its first game of 2019. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.