Spartans Slip Past Warriors, 77-72

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

AURORA, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) led all scorers with 24 points and Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) added 19, but the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team dropped a hard-fought 77-72 decision on the road to Aurora Saturday afternoon inside Thornton Gymnasium.

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  • Final Score: Aurora 77, Wisconsin Lutheran 72
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (8-11, 6-8 NACC), Aurora (9-9, 7-6 NACC)
  • Location: Thornton Gymnasium, Aurora, Ill.

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  • After Aurora connected on a corner three-pointer on the opening possession, the Warriors went on a 9-0 run started by back-to-back baskets from Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) followed by five points from Bruggink.
  • A fast paced back-and-forth affair saw the Warriors hold a 16-12 advantage after Farner finished a pick-and-roll layup with 14:22 remaining in the opening half.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran's defense held AU without a field goal over a 5:03 stretch that saw WLC leading 21-14 midway through the opening half.
  • Another Bruggink triple pushed the WLC lead to 27-21 before the hosts went on a quick 8-0 run in 0:48 seconds to retake the lead at 29-27.
  • A Bruggink three-pointer from the right wing and a Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) triple from the opposite wing pushed the Warriors back in front, 33-29, with 4:16 left in the half.
  • Goldstein buried a corner three-pointer with 0:30 seconds left that gave WLC the lead at 43-41, but a pair of Spartans free throws with 1.2 seconds left knotted the score at 43-43 at halftime. Bruggink led all scorers with 14 points in the first half, while Goldstein added 11 for the Warriors, who connected on eight three-pointers.
  • Goldstein opened the second half with a floater in the paint, but the hosts then went on a 10-2 run, forcing WLC to call a timeout with 16:22 remaining in regulation.
  • Four consecutive free throws from Bruggink brought the Warriors to within 59-56 with just under 12 minutes to play in the game.
  • Bruggink knotted the game at 62-62 with 8:38 remaining after four consecutive points.
  • A 7-0 Aurora run gave the hosts a 70-64 advantage with 4:48 left in regulation. Three free throws brought the Warriors to within 70-67 with 4:08 left on the scoreboard.
  • Goldstein's right hand finish in the lane brought the Green and White to within 74-69 with just over two minutes to play in regulation. Goldstein connected on a pair of free throws with 52.8 seconds remaining to trim the deficit to just three.
  • Alex VanCrete (Green Lake, Wis.) blocked a layup to keep the Warriors within three, but AU answered with a block on the other end to keep the three-point advantage.
  • The Spartans knocked in a free throw with 10.9 seconds left to gain a four-point lead. Farner made the first free throw before a line violation on the second attempt trimmed the deficit to a single-possession at three points. The Spartans iced the game with a pair of free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining.

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  • Bruggink led all scorers with 24 points and grabbed four rebounds. Goldstein added 19 points and four rebounds for the Warriors' backcourt.
  • Farner recorded his fifth double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kennedy added nine points and seven rebounds.
  • WLC shot 39.0 percent (23-of-59) for the game, but 28.6 percent in the second half. The Warriors converted 81.0 percent (17-of-21) from the charity stripe.
  • The Warriors forced 12 turnovers in the contest.

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  • Three Spartans reached double figures in the contest, led by Tyler Carlson's 19 points and six rebounds. Bailey Vance added 18 points and five rebounds, while Rashad Johnson added 14 points off the bench.
  • AU shot 39.1 percent (25-of-64) from the floor and held a 45-37 advantage on the glass. The Spartans' bench held a 31-10 scoring advantage over WLC.

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  • The Warriors continue their three-game road trip Tuesday when they travel to Illinois Tech (11-8, 8-6 NACC). The Scarlet Hawks, who won the first contest in Milwaukee, were defeated by Rockford, 74-71, Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.