Warriors Surpass Century Mark In Home-Opening Win

Photo Credit: Larry Radloff, d3photography.com
Photo Credit: Larry Radloff, d3photography.com

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Behind the most points scored in a game since 2008, the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team cruised to a 117-85 home-opening victory over the visiting Finlandia Lions Tuesday night inside the Recreation Complex. The Warriors shot over 50 percent from the floor while connecting on 14 three's in their first-ever meeting with the Lions.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 117, Finlandia 85
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (2-1), Finlandia (0-5)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • With the Lions holding an early 10-7 lead, junior Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) and senior Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) each knocked down a triple to give the Warriors the lead. Junior Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) also converted an and-one opportunity to close out a 9-0 run for WLC to extend the lead to 16-10.
  • Midway through the first half, Finlandia closed the gap back to three, but the Warriors went on a 14-4 run to push the lead to 14. Farner scored six of those points, finding success close to the basket and at the charity stripe.
  • WLC found success from beyond the arc as the first half came to a close, with four three's in five possessions. Senior Andrew Wojcik (Brookfield, Wis.), Bruggink, and freshman Trevor Stiede (Pulaski, Wis.) each hit from deep. WLC closed the half with a 22-point lead at 59-37.
  • Five minutes into the second half, sophomore Drew Bernhagen (Markesan, Wis.) came off the bench and immediately scored and converted the and-one. Bruggink added a layup on the next possession, giving the Warriors a 29-point lead.
  • Late in the second half, junior Randy Johnson Jr. (Milwaukee, Wis.) knocked down a triple and came back on the next possession and drove through the Lions defense for a quick layup off a pass from sophomore Anthony Mendoza (San Diego, Calif.). Freshman Vince Umnus (Elkhorn, Wis.) connected from deep and Mendoza crossed up the defense for a midrange jumper as the Warriors closed out the 32-point win.

  • Bruggink led the way for the Warriors, scoring 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Goldstein added 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while Farner and sophomore Zach Zuleger (West Bend, Wis.) each finished with 12 to round out WLC's double-figure scorers.
  • Farner finished with a game-high nine rebounds as the Warriors out-rebounded the Lions 54-29. WLC collected 18 offensive rebounds, including seven from Zuleger. Wojcik led the team with seven assists in 21 minutes on the floor.
  • The Warriors shot 53.0 percent (44-of-83) from the floor and 42.4 percent (14-of-33) from beyond the arc.
  • The 117 points scored is tied for fourth most in a game in program history and the most since the team dropped 118 on February 12, 2008 against Rockford.

  • Dylan Underwood paced the Lions with 25 points on 9-of-22 shooting, including 4-of-9 from deep. Underwood also led the team with eight rebounds, seven assists, and four steals.
  • Finlandia finished with 42.6 percent shooting (29-of-68) and 12 makes from three.

  • The Warriors return to the court Saturday when they host Beloit (0-2) in a non-conference tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. WLC has won two straight in the series over the Buccaneers, including a 79-67 victory last season on the road. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.