Eagles Sink Warriors Behind Buzzer Beater

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

LISLE, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – A buzzer beater from well beyond the three-point line as time expired handed the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team its fifth straight setback as the Warriors fell on the road in heartbreaking fashion to the Benedictine Eagles 73-71 Saturday afternoon inside the Dan and Ada Rice Center.

  • Final Score: Benedictine 73, Wisconsin Lutheran 71
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (5-8, 3-5 NACC), Benedictine (7-6, 4-4 NACC)
  • Location: Dan and Ada Rice Center, Lisle, Ill.

  • Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) got the Warriors on the board first before Benedictine rattled off an 8-0 run to take an early advantage.
  • Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) snapped a 6:23 scoring drought by the Warriors with a layup to pull WLC to within 15-6.
  • A pair of free throws from Kennedy capped a 7-0 run and brought the Green and White to within single digits, 23-15, with 3:38 remaining in the first half.
  • BenU carried a 32-23 lead into halftime as the Warriors were held to just 28.6 percent shooting from the floor in the first 20 minutes of action.
  • The Warriors' defense opened the second half strong as it held the hosts scoreless for the first 5:02 as WLC evened the score at 32-32.
  • A quick 8-0 run by Benedictine gave the hosts a 42-34 lead with 12:47 remaining in regulation.
  • The teams traded back-and-forth baskets for the majority of the half and WLC faced a double-digit deficit, 62-51, with 5:32 on the scoreboard.
  • Sam Kaufman (Spring Grove, Ill.) made a pair of free throws and Kennedy followed with a three-pointer on the next possession to bring WLC to within 64-61.
  • The Warriors took their first lead of the game, 65-64, since the opening score when Kaufman buried a triple with 1:59 left in the game.
  • BenU took the lead right back when Kyle Graebner converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 1:15 left in regulation.
  • Following an offensive foul by WLC, the Eagles extended their lead to two scores on a Eric Grygo layup to give them a 69-65 lead with 0:38 seconds remaining.
  • Colin Biesterfeld (West Bend, Wis.) made a jumper before Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) had a steal-and-score to even the score at 69-69 with just 0:20 seconds left.
  • After a foul on the ensuing inbound attempt, Benedictine took the lead, 70-69, at a free throw.
  • After a near turnover in the backcourt, Kennedy found Kaufman for an uncontested layup to give WLC a 71-70 lead with 4.8 seconds left on the clock.
  • The Eagles inbounded the ball and Carl Singletary Jr. buried a deep triple at the buzzer to give BenU the 73-71 victory.

  • Bruggink poured in a game-high 23 points and added six rebounds and three steals to the cause. Kennedy posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Kaufman added 12 points off the bench for WLC including critical baskets down the stretch.
  • The Warriors shot 37.3 percent (22-of-59) from the floor in the contest and 80.0 percent (20-of-25) from the charity stripe.
  • WLC controlled the boards 46-39 and forced 11 turnovers.

  • Hayden Helfrich led Benedictine with 17 points off the bench, while Keegan Graebner added 12 points.
  • Kyle Graebner and Grygo each added 13 points of their own.
  • BenU shot 40.3 percent (29-of-73) from the field in the contest and dominated the paint 32-20. The bench played a critical role for the Eagles as it accounted for 36 points.

  • The Warriors return to action Wednesday when they host crosstown rival MSOE (12-1, 7-1 NACC) for a NACC contest. The Raiders have won six straight games after WLC handed them their lone setback of the season December 5. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. inside the Recreation Complex. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.