Warriors Drop Back-And-Forth Battle To Regents

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 85-84 decision to the Rockford Regents Tuesday night inside the Seaver Center in a contest that featured nine ties and 12 lead changes. Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) scored a game-high 27 points, but the Warriors could not overcome the hot shooting hosts who connected on 59.7 percent of their shots.

  • Final Score: Rockford 85, Wisconsin Lutheran 84
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (6-10, 4-7 NACC), Rockford (8-8, 7-4 NACC)
  • Location: Seaver Center, Rockford, Ill.

  • Kennedy opened the scoring for WLC with a triple from the left wing, but the Regents held a 15-9 lead five minutes into the contest. Following a timeout, the Warriors used a six-point swing, powered by four straight points from Randy Johnson Jr. (Germantown, Wis.) to tie the affair at 15-15.
  • Kennedy connected again from downtown to give the Warriors the lead at 20-17 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the opening half.
  • The two teams traded baskets over the following minutes, but the Regents scored five straight points, taking a 33-29 lead and forcing WLC to take a timeout with 6:45 to play in the first half.
  • Rockford extended its lead to 37-29, but Colin Biesterfeld (West Bend, Wis.) buried a three-pointer from the left wing to cut the RU lead to five, then Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) hit a jumper to bring WLC within three points with three minutes remaining in the half.
  • The hosts scored four points in the final minute of the half to take a 47-41 lead into the locker room at the halftime break.
  • The Regents extended their lead to seven points after halftime, but Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) and Bruggink connected on back-to-back triples to bring WLC within one point with 16 minutes remaining.
  • Neither team could gain an advantage as the score remained knotted at 59-59, but the Regents used an 8-2 run over two minutes to take a 67-61 lead with just under 10 minutes to play.
  • The Warriors responded with six straight points and a free throw from Biesterfeld to even the contest at 67-67, but the Regents connected on a triple to take a 74-72 lead with four minutes showing on the clock.
  • RU pushed its lead to six points, but Bruggink connected on a jumper to cut the deficit to four points, then grabbed an offensive rebound and converted the ensuing layup to bring the Warriors within two. Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) stole the ball and converted two free throws after being fouled to tie the contest at 78-78 with 2:26 remaining.
  • Following a timeout, the Regents connected on a triple to take a three-point lead, but two free throws from Farner brought the Warriors back within a point.
  • After a steal from Farner, Kennedy converted a layup to put the Warriors ahead 84-83 with 28.7 seconds left in regulation.
  • With the clock winding down, the Regents connected on a layup to take an 85-84 lead with 7.1 seconds left, and forced a turnover on the Warriors' final possession to escape with the win.

  • Kennedy led all scorers with 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting and nine rebounds, while Bruggink added 18 points and three boards.
  • Biesterfeld added 11 points and five assists, while Farner rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points, six rebounds, and four steals.
  • The Warriors shot 45.7 percent (32-of-70) from the field and converted 80 percent (12-of-15) of their free throw attempts.
  • WLC owned a 36-31 advantage on the backboards and scored 21 second-chance points and 21 points off turnovers.
  • Kennedy moved into third place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,889 points, just 13 points shy of Kevin Christensen's 1,902 points.

  • Tony Diemer led Rockford with 24 points, while Kevin Diemer added 14 points and six rebounds.
  • Taylor Krocker pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds while adding seven points.
  • RU shot 59.7 percent (37-of-62) from the floor and out-scored WLC 54-34 in the paint.

  • The Warriors return home Saturday when they host Dominican for a pivotal NACC matchup. The Stars (2-14, 2-9 NACC) fell to Edgewood 89-49 Tuesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.