Warriors Clip Falcons As Kennedy Surpasses 2,000 Points

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) converted the go-ahead free throws with 3.7 seconds remaining to give the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team a 78-76 victory over the visiting Concordia Wisconsin Falcons Wednesday night inside the Recreation Complex. The Warriors never trailed in the contest en route to their third straight home win as Kennedy became just the second Warrior to eclipse the 2,000 career-point plateau.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 78, Concordia Wisconsin 76
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (9-12, 7-9 NACC), Concordia Wisconsin (14-7, 12-4 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) scored the first seven points for WLC, then Colin Biesterfeld (West Bend, Wis.) buried a corner triple to give the Warriors a 10-6 advantage five minutes into the first half.
  • Kennedy converted two free throws, then Bruggink connected on a three from the top of the key to push WLC's lead to 15-6, forcing the Falcons to take a timeout with 13:55 to play in the opening half.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran held a 26-16 lead, then Kennedy scored four straight for the Warriors, and his basket at the 7:54 mark of the first half eclipsed the 2,000 career-point mark, becoming just the second player in school and conference history to reach the milestone.
  • The Falcons cut the Wisconsin Lutheran lead to eight points, but two free throws from Randy Johnson Jr. (Germantown, Wis.) pushed the Warriors' lead back to double-digits with 4:52 left in the half.
  • CUW used a quick 5-0 run over the span of a minute to trim the Warriors' advantage to seven, forcing WLC to call timeout with 1:51 remaining in the half.
  • WLC took a 38-31 lead into the locker room at halftime, with Bruggink leading all scorers with 17 points.
  • Concordia Wisconsin scored the first four points of the second half, cutting WLC's lead to three points, until Paul Koier (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) knocked down a mid-range jumper to push the lead back to five.
  • Alex VanCrete (Green Lake, Wis.) scored on two straight possessions to push the Wisconsin Lutheran lead back to eight points, then Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) collected an offensive rebound and scored the putback to increase the lead to 53-43 with just under 12 minutes remaining.
  • The Falcons responded with a 9-0 run to cut the Warriors' lead to just one, forcing WLC to take a timeout with 9:49 remaining, holding a 53-52 lead.
  • Concordia Wisconsin tied the contest at 56-56, but Johnson Jr. converted a layup to give the Warriors a 58-56 lead, then Koier grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the ensuing layup to extend the lead to five points with just under six minutes to play.
  • After three free throws from CUW, Biesterfeld connected on a triple from the left wing, but the Falcons answered with a three-pointer of their own, and the Warriors maintained a 70-66 lead with 3:20 left on the clock.
  • After Concordia Wisconsin cut the lead to two points, Kennedy converted two free throws to push the WLC lead back to four points, but the Falcons tied the contest again at 74-74,
  • On the following possession, Kennedy knocked down a clutch jumper to give the Warriors a two-point lead with 34.4 seconds left in regulation.
  • The Falcons scored a basket to tie the contest at 76-76 with nine seconds remaining, but WLC raced down the court and Kennedy drew a foul, converting both free throws to give the Warriors a 78-76 lead with 3.7 ticks remaining.
  • CUW was unsuccessful on a halfcourt heave as time expired, giving WLC the two-point win.

  • Kennedy led all scorers with 26 points and nine rebounds while Bruggink added 20 points, including 17 in the first half.
  • Biesterfeld added nine points and four assists with Koier and VanCrete chipping in six points each.
  • WLC shot 45 percent (27-of-60) from the floor and converted 87 percent (20-of-23) of its free throw attempts.
  • The Warriors owned a 41-33 advantage on the backboards and scored 12 second-chance points.
  • Kennedy eclipsed the 2,000 point mark for his career, becoming just the second player in school and conference history to do so.

  • Josh Hau led CUW with 19 points while Jordan Johnson added 18.
  • The Falcons shot 43.5 percent (30-of-69) from the floor and were held to 26.9 percent (7-of-26) shooting from beyond the three-point line.

  • The Warriors continue their three-game homestand Saturday when they host Marian. The Sabres (6-15, 4-12 NACC) defeated Dominican 74-66 Wednesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. inside the Recreation Complex. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.