Warriors Close Season With Sixth Straight Home Win

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team out-scored the visiting Edgewood Eagles 48-32 in the second half en route to a 94-81 victory on Senior Day and Winterfest Saturday inside the Recreation Complex. Collin Kennedy (Holmen, Wis.) poured in a team-high 23 points and Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) added 18 as the Warriors shot a stellar 53.1 percent from the field on the way to their sixth straight home win in their season finale.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 94, Edgewood 81
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (12-13, 10-10 NACC), Edgewood (10-15, 10-10 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • The Eagles opened the contest with a triple, but Paul Koier (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) converted a turnaround jumper and Colin Biesterfeld (West Bend, Wis.) buried a triple from the top of the key to put WLC ahead 5-3 just one minute into the contest.
  • Edgewood held a 17-13 advantage five minutes into the first half, but Colin Biesterfeld connected on another triple, then Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) knocked down a three-pointer to tie the contest at 19-19 with 12 minutes left in the first half.
  • The two teams continued to trade baskets, and the score remained knotted at 28-28 with 7:08 remaining in the first half, until Kennedy scored five straight to give the hosts a 33-31 lead.
  • Edgewood responded with back-to-back triples, taking a 37-35 lead, but Bruggink connected on a three-pointer from the right wing and Kennedy scored four consecutive points, giving the hosts a 42-39 lead with just over two minutes left in the first half.
  • The Eagles closed out the half on a 10-4 run, taking a 49-46 lead into the locker room at halftime.
  • Colin Biesterfeld scored the opening four points of the second half for WLC, then Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the ensuing putback to tie the contest at 52-52 with 17:11 left in the second half.
  • Edgewood used a 12-7 run over the following four minutes to take a 64-59 lead, forcing the Warriors to take a timeout with 12:48 remaining in the contest.
  • Randy Johnson Jr. (Germantown, Wis.) came off the bench after the timeout and knocked down a triple from the top of the key, then Kennedy connected on a turnaround jumper to tie the contest at 64-64 with just over 10 minutes to remaining.
  • Edgewood held a 67-66 lead, but Koier pulled down an offensive rebound and scored the bucket, giving WLC a 68-67 lead with just over seven minutes remaining.
  • After the Eagles took a 71-68 advantage, Johnson scored five points, including a triple in the corner, to give the Warriors a 73-71 lead, then Biesterfeld knocked down a corner three to push WLC's lead to 76-71 with just under five minutes to play.
  • EC connected on another three, but Bruggink buried a triple on the following possession, then Kennedy knocked down two free throws to extend the hosts' lead to 81-74 with 3:30 left on the clock.
  • Following a stop on the defensive end, Bruggink scored a layup, then Biesterfeld calmly converted two from the charity stripe, increasing Wisconsin Lutheran's lead to 11 with just over one minute remaining in regulation.
  • Bruggink and Johnson converted free throws, and Anthony Mendoza (San Diego, Calif.) scored four straight points in the final minute of the contest to earn the 94-81 victory.

  • Kennedy paced a balanced Warriors attack with 23 points and seven rebounds. Kennedy's seven boards pushed him into the top spot as the program's top career rebounder with 838.
  • Bruggink added 18 points and six boards.
  • Biesterfeld scored a career-high 15 points while dishing out five assists with four rebounds.
  • Johnson added nine points and three assists off the bench while Sam Kaufman (Spring Grove, Ill.) tallied seven points.
  • WLC shot 53.1 percent (34-of-64) from the field and converted 85 percent (17-of-20) of their free throw attempts.
  • The hosts owned a 35-27 advantage on the backboards and scored 15 second-chance points.

  • McClain Steffens led all scorers with 27 points while Jake Negus added 17.
  • The Eagles shot 51.8 percent (29-of-56) from the floor and knocked down 52.2 percent (12-of-23) of their three-point attempts.

  • The Warriors conclude their season with a 12-13 overall record and a 10-10 mark in conference play.