Goldstein Leads Warriors To NACC-Opening Win Over CUW

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

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Junior Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) drained six three pointers and finished with a game-high 20 points, as the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team opened its NACC slate with a 20-point victory over conferernce foe Concordia Wisconsin, 93-73, Wednesday night inside the Recreation Complex. The win was the Warriors' largest margin of victory over the Falcons since December 5, 2009 when they secured a 23-point win.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 93, Concordia Wisconsin 73
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (3-2, 1-0 NACC), Concordia Wisconsin (1-3, 1-1 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • The visiting Falcons took an early 5-2 lead, but the Warriors found some quick scoring to take an 11-10 lead. Goldstein knocked down a three from the corner, and senior Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) made a pair of jump shots to give WLC the lead.
  • The teams traded buckets for the next five minutes, with the lead changing six times. Coming out of a Warriors timeout with a one-point lead, sophomore Drew Bernhagen (Markesan, Wis.) drained a quick three off the bench. The sophomore added a steal and finished strong at the rim, while Goldstein knocked down another three to give the Warriors a 33-24 lead.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran's lead reached a maximum of 10 at 45-35 behind a couple buckets from freshman Luke Umnus (Elkhorn, Wis.) and a dunk by sophomore Zach Zuleger (West Bend, Wis.). The Falcons scored the final five points of the first half to close the gap to five at 45-40 going into the break.
  • Junior Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) scored five consecutive points for the Warriors early in the second half to extend the lead back to 53-44. However, Concordia Wisconsin scored nine of the next 11 points to make it a two-point game and force a WLC timeout.
  • The Warriors came out of the timeout and went on a 14-3 run, giving them their largest lead yet at 69-55 with 8:33 left. Senior Colin Biesterfeld (West Bend, Wis.) secured a put back and knocked down a three for five of those points while Goldstein connected on his fifth trey to close the run.
  • With just over five minutes to play, sophomore Alex VanCrete (Green Lake, Wis.) finished in traffic in the lane and hit a three on the wing to give WLC a 13-point advantage. Following a Falcons basket, the Warriors rattled off a 9-0 run for a 20-point lead with three minutes to play.
  • WLC closed out the game at the free throw line, adding eight points from the charity stripe to put the finishing touches on a 93-73 conference-opening victory.

  • Goldstein paced the Warriors with a game-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting, with each shot coming from beyond the arc. Bruggink added 18 points, while VanCrete and Zuleger rounded out the Warriors in double figures with 13 and 12, respectively.
  • WLC shot 52.3 percent (34-of-65) from the field and 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from three. The Warriors were nearly perfect from the charity stripe, finishing 13-of-14, with all 14 attempts coming in the second half.
  • Bruggink finished with a team-high nine rebounds and eight assists as the Warriors out-rebounded the Falcons 38-32 and had 11 more assists at 23-12.
  • WLC's defense finished with nine steals and forced 16 Falcons turnovers. VanCrete and Umnus each had a pair of steals.
  • The Green and White received 31 points from its bench, compared to just 11 for CUW.

  • Four Falcons finished in double figures, led by Brandon Keller's 15. Concordia Wisconsin shot 44.4 percent (28-of-63) from the floor and 35.0 percent (7-of-20) from beyond the arc.
  • Keller also led the Falcons with nine rebounds while Olalekan George finished with a game-high five steals and a pair of blocks.

  • The Warriors return to the court next Wednesday when they continue their NACC schedule, hosting MSOE (3-2, 1-0 NACC). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.