Bruggink, Hot-Shooting Warriors Down MSOE

Photo Credit: Larry Radloff
Photo Credit: Larry Radloff

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Behind a game-high 30 points from senior Andrew Bruggink (Brookfield, Wis.) and hot three-point shooting, the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team cruised to a 2-0 start in conference play with a 17-point victory, 88-71, over MSOE Wednesday night inside the Recreation Complex.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 88, MSOE 71
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (4-2, 2-0 NACC), MSOE (3-4, 1-2 NACC)
  • Location: Recreation Complex, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • The Raiders scored the first six points of the game, before sophomore Alex VanCrete (Green Lake, Wis.) hit a three pointer from the wing for the Warriors' first points of the game. Junior Caleb Goldstein (Fond du Lac, Wis.) connected on a three a minute later to keep WLC within three at 9-6.
  • MSOE extended its lead back to seven but layup from sophomore Zach Zuleger (West Bend, Wis.) and a three by Goldstein closed the lead down to two and forced a Raiders timeout.
  • Freshman Trevor Stiede (Pulaski, Wis.) gave the Warriors their first lead of the game with a three from the corner to make the score 16-15 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the first half.
  • The Raiders regained the lead before the Warriors used an 11-2 run to take a 27-19 advantage. WLC capped the run with a steal from senior Colin Biesterfeld (West Bend, Wis.) as he found junior Randy Johnson Jr. (Milwaukee, Wis.) up the court for a fast break layup.
  • With MSOE trailing by one at 32-31 and four minutes remaining in the first half, the Warriors closed out the half with a 14-7 run to take an eight-point lead. Bruggink knocked down a trio of jumpers and junior Matty Farner (Muskego, Wis.) added the final four points as the Warriors led 46-38 at the break.
  • With the Raiders threatening to tie the game down just three early in the second half, Bruggink scored four consecutive points to get the lead back to seven. Minutes later, Goldstein and Bruggink each knocked down a three to push the Warriors lead up to 14 at 60-48.
  • The Warriors offense once again found success from deep, as Johnson Jr. and Bruggink connected on three's on consecutive possessions to give WLC a 68-51 lead with 11 minutes to play.
  • Goldstein scored five straight points, including another three, to give the Warriors an 18-point lead. Bruggink and Zuleger added a couple layups as the Warriors closed out the 17-point victory at 88-71.

  • Bruggink paced the Warriors with a game-high 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Goldstein finished with 18, knocking down four threes, and Zuleger added 10 to round out the Warriors in double figures.
  • The Warriors shot 48.4 percent (31-of-64) from the floor and 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from three. WLC was also successful from the charity stripe, converting 83.3 percent (15-of-18).
  • Bruggink and Zuleger each finished with seven rebounds to lead the team, while Biesterfeld had a game-high eight assists.
  • The Warriors defense finished with 10 steals and forced 18 Raiders turnovers. WLC turned those turnovers into 29 points, out-scoring MSOE by 15 in that category.

  • Matthew Kirmse led the Raiders with 21 points, as MSOE shot 38.5 percent (20-of-52) from the floor. Michael Pitrof added 13 on 5-of-11 shooting.
  • Pitrof finished with a team-high seven rebounds and three assists, while adding a pair of assists.

  • The Warriors travel to River Forest, Illinois for their next matchup on Saturday when they take on Concordia Chicago (1-4, 1-2 NACC). Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.