Men's Basketball Falls On The Road To Hot-Shooting Cougars

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

RIVER FOREST, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) tied a career-high with 26 points, but an early 16-0 first-half run proved costly as the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team dropped a 101-84 decision on the road against Concordia Chicago Saturday afternoon inside Geiseman Gymnasium.

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  • Final Score: Concordia Chicago 101, Wisconsin Lutheran 84
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (8-12, 6-9 NACC), Concordia Chicago (5-14, 5-9 NACC)
  • Location: Geiseman Gymnasium, River Forest, Ill.

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  • Four different Warriors starters scored early as WLC jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead just three minutes into the game. CUC responded with a 6-0 run in a 1:02 span to knot the game at 9-9 with 16:04 remaining in the opening half.
  • Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) gave WLC a 12-9 lead with a three-pointer, but the Cougars gained separation with a 16-0 run and held Wisconsin Lutheran scoreless for 4:07 as CUC jumped out to a 25-12 lead.
  • The Cougars' lead jumped to as many as 20 points, 42-22, with 4:59 remaining in the opening half, forcing the Warriors to call a timeout.
  • Bruggink accounted for six straight points, and Kennedy scored the final bucket of the half to bring the Warriors within 51-32 at the break. CUC connected on 54.5 percent in the opening 20 minutes of action while holding WLC to 31.3 percent in the half.
  • The Cougars used a 9-0 run as their lead reached a game-high 31 points when they held a 72-41 advantage with 12:03 remaining in regulation.
  • Kennedy's seven straight points were followed by back-to-back triples from Drew Bernhagen (Markesan, Wis.) to trim the deficit to 77-57.
  • The Warriors connected on seven straight free throw attempts as they saw Concordia Chicago hold a 85-68 lead with just under six minutes to play.
  • A Bruggink personal 6-0 run brought WLC to within 13 points, 87-74, with 3:29 remaining in regulation.
  • The Cougars lead never fell below 13 down the stretch as they closed out the 101-84 conference victory.

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  • Bruggink scored 26 points for the second time this season and made all 10 of his attempts from the charity stripe. Kennedy added 22 points and nine rebounds.
  • Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) tallied eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
  • Bernhagen added a career-high eight points off the bench for the Green and White.
  • WLC was held to a season-low 35.7 percent (23-of-59) shooting for the game, but shot an impressive 93.3 percent (28-of-30) from the charity stripe.

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  • All five starters reached double figures for the Cougars, led by 28 points and 14 rebounds from Landen Gladney. Mitch Pelissier added 21 points, five rebounds, and six assists, while Jalen Meeks recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards.
  • CUC shot 51.5 percent (34-of-66) from the floor and converted 26 free throws. The Cougars controlled the paint by out-rebounding WLC 48-34 and holding a 50-32 advantage on points in the paint.

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  • The Warriors begin a three-game homestand Wednesday when they host Concordia Wisconsin (14-6, 12-3 NACC) inside the Recreation Complex. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Falcons defeated Lakeland 83-66 Saturday afternoon. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.