Men's Basketball Tames Sabres For Fourth Straight Home Win

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Four players scored in double figures, led by Collin Kennedy's (Holmen, Wis.) game-high 25 points as the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team defeated the visiting Marian Sabres 86-74 Saturday afternoon inside the Recreation Complex. The Warriors converted 96.2 percent (25-of-26) of their free throw attempts and went a perfect 18-of-18 from the charity stripe in the second half.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 86, Marian 74
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (10-12, 8-9 NACC), Marian (6-16, 4-13 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • The Warriors came out hot, connecting on their first four shots in the contest, and held a 9-4 advantage after the first three minutes of play.
  • Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) converted a layup, then Kennedy knocked down a turnaround jumper to extend WLC's lead to 15-8 with 14 minutes remaining in the opening half.
  • After the hosts extended their lead to nine points, Marian used a 6-0 run to trim Wisconsin Lutheran's lead to three points, but Goldstein answered with a jumper, then Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) knocked down a deep triple to extend the Warriors' lead back to eight points.
  • Goldstein scored the next five points for the home team, pushing WLC's lead to 11 points with just over five minutes remaining in the first half.
  • Bruggink converted a mid-range jumper to increase Wisconsin Lutheran's lead to 12 points, but the Sabres responded with two straight triples to cut the lead back down to six points, forcing WLC to take a timeout with 2:21 to play in the half.
  • Marian scored the final four points of the half, including a triple at the buzzer to pull within two points, 35-33, at the halftime break.
  • The Sabres opened the half with five quick points, taking a 38-35 lead, their first of the contest, forcing WLC to take a timeout just 0:57 seconds into the second half.
  • Two free throws from Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) stopped the Marian scoring run to bring WLC back within one point, but the Sabres scored four points to extend their lead back to five points.
  • Goldstein connected on back-to-back triples to give the Warriors a two-point lead, then Kennedy scored a transition basket after a steal from Alex VanCrete (Green Lake, Wis.) to push Wisconsin Lutheran's lead back to four points.
  • Marian connected on two triples to trim the Warriors' lead down to one, but Farner converted a three-point play and Sam Kaufman (Spring Grove, Ill.) scored a transition basket to push WLC's lead back to six points with just over 10 minutes remaining.
  • Kaufman converted a three-point play, then Kennedy scored five straight points, including a fastbreak dunk to increase the Warriors' lead up to 11 points with eight minutes left on the clock.
  • Kennedy connected on a jumper to push the hosts' lead to 12 points, but Marian scored four straight to trim the deficit down to eight points with 3:40 to play in regulation.
  • Two free throws from Goldstein increased the Warriors' lead back to 10 points, but Marian answered back with a three from the top of the key on the following possession, cutting WLC's lead back down to seven with 2:36 on the clock.
  • Bruggink converted a three-point play at the 1:43 mark, increasing the hosts' lead to 12 points, then Kennedy, Goldstein, and Colin Biesterfeld (West Bend, Wis.) knocked down free throws in the final minute of the contest to ice the 86-74 victory.

  • Kennedy led all scorers with 25 points, while Goldstein added 19 points.
  • Farner posted a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds, his sixth of the season, while Bruggink rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points.
  • The Warriors shot 46.7 percent (28-of-60) from the field and converted 96.2 percent (25-of-26) of their free throw attempts, including a perfect 18-of-18 from the charity stripe in the second half.
  • WLC held a 40-27 advantage on the backboards, including 13 offensive rebounds.

  • Tavaris McCullough paced the Sabres with 23 points and five assists while Tyrese Pinson, Will Olewinksi, and Tristan Van Ess added 12 points each.
  • MU shot 45.8 percent (27-of-59) from the floor and knocked down 10 triples in the contest.

  • The Warriors play their third straight home game Tuesday when they host Benedictine. The Eagles (12-10, 9-8 NACC) host Lakeland Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. inside the Recreation Complex. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.