Bruggink, Farner Lead Warriors To Fifth Straight Home Win

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) tied a career high with 26 points and Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) tallied his seventh double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds as the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team picked up a key conference win Tuesday night, defeating the visiting Benedictine Eagles 69-64 inside the Recreation Complex. The Warriors tied a season low with nine turnovers and held the visitors to 35.5 percent shooting in the win.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 69, Benedictine 64
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (11-12, 9-9 NACC), Benedictine (13-11, 10-9 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • The two teams struggled to find the bottom of the basket in the opening minutes of the contest, with WLC holding an 8-5 lead after a Farner offensive rebound and layup.
  • The Warriors pushed their lead to 10-5 after two free throws from Bruggink, but the Eagles answered with five straight points to tie the affair at 10-10.
  • BenU used a 5-0 run to push its lead to 22-18, but the Warriors closed out the half on a 13-5 run, powered by six straight points from Bruggink and took a 31-27 lead into the locker room at intermission.
  • Farner opened the second half with an offensive rebound and layup to extend WLC's lead to six points, but BenU responded with a 9-2 run over the next two minutes to take back a 36-35 lead.
  • Two free throws from Farner gave WLC a 37-36 advantage, then Bruggink buried a triple and Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) connected on a jumper, increasing the hosts' lead to 42-36 with 15 minutes left to play in the second half.
  • A layup from Farner at the 9:23 mark extended Wisconsin Lutheran's lead to seven points, but the Eagles answered with five straight to trim their deficit to just two points.
  • Kennedy responded with a clutch triple to push the hosts' lead back to five, but BenU scored two straight baskets to bring the visitors within one.
  • Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) used a personal 5-0 run, increasing WLC's lead to six points with just over five minutes remaining in regulation, then Farner converted a layup after another offensive rebound to extend the Warriors' advantage to eight points with 4:43 to play.
  • Two free throws from Bruggink pushed Wisconsin Lutheran's lead to nine points, its largest lead of the contest, then the Eagles scored five quick points to cut WLC's lead to four.
  • A Benedictine layup at the 1:38 mark brought the visitors within two points, and another free throw from BenU trimmed the WLC lead to just one point with 0:21 seconds remaining.
  • Bruggink knocked down four straight free throws to ice the contest, giving WLC the 69-64 win.

  • Bruggink tied a career high with 26 points, including 17 in the first half, while Farner tallied his second straight double-double and seventh of the season with a career-high 17 points and 14 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end.
  • Kennedy added 13 points with four rebounds, while Goldstein chipped in five points.
  • Colin Biesterfeld (West Bend, Wis.) dished out a game-high six assists while adding five rebounds.
  • The Warriors shot 43.5 percent (27-of-62) from the floor and converted 75 percent (12-of-16) from the free throw line.

  • Bryan Jakobsze led BenU with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Kyle Graebner added 14 points.
  • The Eagles shot 35.5 percent (22-of-62) from the field and were held to 25 percent (7-of-28) shooting from three-point land.

  • The Warriors travel to Chicago Thursday for their final road game of the season when they take on Illinois Tech. The Scarlet Hawks (12-10, 9-8 NACC) fell to Aurora 70-67 Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. inside the Keating Sports Center. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.