Kennedy, Farner Lead Warriors To Comeback Win Over Sabres

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WLCSports.com) – Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) scored 24 of his game-high 31 points in the second half and the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team overcame a 13-point deficit, as the Warriors snapped a six-game losing skid with a thrilling 64-63 road victory over Marian Saturday afternoon inside Sadoff Gymnasium. 

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  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 64, Marian 63
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (6-9, 4-6 NACC), Marian (4-11, 2-8 NACC)
  • Location: Sadoff Gymnasium, Fond du Lac, Wis.

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  • Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) drained a three-pointer to give WLC its first lead of the game, 5-3, with 17:30 remaining in the first half.
  • A layup from Alex VanCrete (Green Lake, Wis.) snapped a short two-minute scoring drought and brought the Warriors to within 12-11.
  • Marian's defense held WLC without a point for over five minutes as the hosts' lead grew to 18-11 at the halfway mark of the first half before Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) broke the scoring drought.
  • The Warriors suffered another four-minute scoring drought but kept the game close as they trailed 26-19 with just over three minutes to play in the first half.
  • The Sabres' lead reached double digits, 32-22, with 1:55 remaining.
  • Kennedy's layup in the final minute brought the Green and White's deficit to 32-25 at the half. WLC shot just 34.5 percent in the opening half, compared to MU's 48.3 percent.
  • The Warriors trimmed the deficit to just one point after a free throw from Farner with 13:40 remaining in regulation.
  • The hosts used a quick 13-2 run to push their lead to a game-high 13 points, 53-40, with 9:22 left.
  • Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) scored eight points in a 12-0 run to force Marian to call a timeout as Wisconsin Lutheran closed the deficit to just a single point, 53-32, with 6:31 remaining on the scoreboard.
  • Kennedy scored five straight points to push the Warriors ahead, 60-57, with just over three minutes to play.
  • After the two teams traded baskets, Kennedy converted a pair of free throws with 0:47 seconds left to give WLC a 64-63 advantage.
  • The Warriors defense pulled out two stops on the Sabres' final possession of the game with 17.2 seconds left to secure the conference road victory.

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  • Kennedy led all scorers with 31 points, 24 of which came in the second half, and grabbed seven boards. Farner matched a career-high with 11 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double.
  • The Warriors shot 35.8 percent (19-for-53) in the contest and held a big 21-6 advantage in free throws made.
  • WLC forced 23 turnovers which it converted into 20 points.
  • The victory was the Warriors' second in their last eight meetings in Fond du Lac.

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  • Marian shot 44.6 percent (25-for-56) for the game. The Sabres controlled the glass, 43-31, and held a 32-20 advantage on points in the paint.
  • Tyrese Pinson stuffed the stat sheet for the Sabres with 24 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Tristan Van Ess was the only other MU player to reach double figures, adding 14 points and eight boards.

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  • The Warriors finish their short two-game road trip Tuesday when they take on Rockford (7-8, 6-4 NACC) in a NACC battle. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Regents defeated Dominican 81-76 Saturday afternoon. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.