Kennedy's Career High Leads Warriors Past Muskies

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) scored a career-high 40 points to lead four players in double figures as the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team defeated Lakeland 100-90 Wednesday night inside the Recreation Complex. With the score knotted at 61-61 in the second half, the Warriors broke the game open with a 21-4 run and never looked back.

https://www.wlcsports.com/images/releases/THEBASICS.jpg?max_height=32&max_width=300

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 100, Lakeland 90
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (8-10, 6-7 NACC), Lakeland (7-11, 5-8 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

https://www.wlcsports.com/images/releases/HOWITHAPPENED.jpg?max_height=32&max_width=300

  • Colin Biesterfeld (West Bend, Wis.) found a slashing Alex VanCrete (Green Lake, Wis.) for a layup to give WLC a 10-8 lead, forcing Lakeland to call a timeout with 14:44 left in the first half after having led 8-5.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran used a quick 11-0 run, capped off by a Biesterfeld three-pointer, to gain a 23-12 advantage midway through the opening half.
  • The Muskies climbed back to trim the deficit to just four points, 28-24, with 5:38 remaining in the half.
  • Kennedy accounted for the final nine Warriors points of the half and Lakeland connected on a buzzer-beating triple as WLC held a slim 37-36 lead at the break. Kennedy had 23 points in the half as the Warriors shot 39.4 percent from the floor and committed just one turnover.
  • A three-point play from the Muskies brought the guests within a point, 56-55, with 13:40 showing on the scoreboard.
  • Sam Kaufman's (Spring Grove, Ill.) layup gave the Green and White a 61-55 advantage, but LU quickly tied the game at 61-61 with 12:05 left.
  • Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) converted a jumper to give WLC a 65-62 lead. Kennedy's layup pushed the lead to double figures, 76-65, forcing LU to call a timeout with 8:18 remaining. Kennedy capped off the 21-4 run with a three-pointer to give the hosts an 82-65 advantage.
  • Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis,) scored six of the next nine points before Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) gave the hosts their largest lead of the game, 88-70, with his jumper at the 4:19 mark.
  • Lakeland brought the deficit down to 11 points, 94-83, with 2:29 left in regulation.
  • Bruggink connected on six consecutive free throws to push the advantage to 100-83 before the Warriors closed out the 100-90 NACC victory.

https://www.wlcsports.com/images/releases/INSIDETHENUMBERS.jpg?max_height=32&max_width=300

  • Kennedy poured in a career-high 40 points on 15-for-24 shooting to lead all scorers, tying for the third-most points in a game in school history. He also grabbed six rebounds.
  • Bruggink added 20 points, 18 of which came in the second half, for the Warriors. Farner posted his fourth double-double of the year, scoring 12 points while grabbing 11 rebounds.
  • Goldstein rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran shot 56.5 percent (35-of-62) from the floor, its second-best performance of the season, and converted 20-of-24 attempts from the charity stripe.
  • The Warriors controlled the paint, 44-30, and out-rebounded the Muskies 35-28.
  • The Warriors, who tied a season low with just nine turnovers, reached the 100-point plateau for the second time this season.

  • Pat McDonald led four Muskies in double figures with 22 points, while Jequan Pegeese added 19 points off the bench.
  • Lakeland shot 49.2 percent (32-of-65) from the floor and saw 42 points come off its bench.

https://www.wlcsports.com/images/releases/UP-NEXT.jpg?max_height=32&max_width=300

  • The Warriors begin a three-game road trip this weekend when they travel to Aurora (8-9, 6-6 NACC) for a conference showdown. WLC won the first matchup of the season against the Spartans, 96-82, in Milwaukee. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.