Late Comeback Comes Up Short At Illinois Tech

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

CHICAGO, Ill. (WLCSports.com) - Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) scored a game-high 25 points and the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team cut a 20-point deficit down to five in the final minute, but host Illinois Tech held on for a 75-66 win over the Warriors Thursday night inside Keating Sports Center. Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) became the all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,070 points, surpassing Kon Knueppel's total of 2,064.

  • Final Score: Illinois Tech 75, Wisconsin Lutheran 66
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (11-13, 9-10 NACC), Illinois Tech (13-11, 10-9 NACC)
  • Location: Keating Sports Center, Chicago, Ill.

  • The Warriors fell behind 6-1 two minutes into the game, but closed within 12-9 at the 15:04 mark after two free throws from Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.).
  • The Scarlet Hawks scored 18 points off six three-pointers and used a 12-0 run to take a 15-point lead with 11:43 left in the first half.
  • IIT pushed its lead up to a game-high 20 points at 36-16 with 8:53 on the clock following its seventh three-pointer of the half.
  • WLC closed out the first half on a 14-7 run over the final 8:15 to come within 13 points, 43-30, at halftime.
  • Illinois Tech shot 61.5 percent (16-for-26) in the first half, including a 66.7 percent (8-for-12) from three-point range. Wisconsin Lutheran was held to 33.3 percent (9-for-27) and 16.7 percent (1-for-6) from beyond the arc.
  • The Warriors cut the deficit to 10 twice within the first two minutes of the second half, but a 10-0 Scarlet Hawks run extended the hosts' lead to 20 points with 13:57 left to play. WLC wasn't able to chip into its deficit for nearly the next nine minutes, as it came as close as 17.
  • Trailing 68-48 with 4:33 remaining, Wisconsin Lutheran went on an 18-3 run to come within just five points at 71-66 with 0:18 seconds left on the clock. The Green and White forced six turnovers during the run as Bruggink and Alex VanCrete (Green Lake, Wis.) combined for 13 of the team's points.
  • WLC was unable to connect on its final three shots and IIT made its last four free throw attempts to seal the 75-66 win.

  • Bruggink led all scorers with 25 points, including 18 in the second half. Kennedy followed with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran was limited to a season-low 34.3 percent (23-for-67) shooting from the floor. WLC shot 66.7 percent (16-for-24) from the charity stripe, its lowest mark in its last 12 games.
  • The Warriors forced 27 turnovers and converted them into 26 points. The visitors also had a season-high 13 steals and a season-low seven turnovers.
  • Three players had three steals apiece in Goldstein, Bruggink, and VanCrete.

  • Milos Dugalic led five players in double figures with 12 points off the bench for IIT. Max Hisatake added a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.
  • The Scarlet Hawks shot 51 percent (25-for-49) for the game, including 45.8 percent (11-for-24) from three-point range.

  • The Warriors wrap-up their regular season slate Saturday afternoon hosting Edgewood (10-14, 10-9 NACC) for Senior Day and Winterfest at 3:15 p.m. The Eagles defeated Concordia Chicago 90-71 Thursday night. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.