MILWAUKEE – Senior Collin Seubert poured in a game-high 25 points to go with 11 rebounds and the MSOE men's basketball team never trailed in defeating Wisconsin Lutheran 68-58 Thursday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (3-6, 2-3 NACC) started out hot, then held off the Warriors (6-3, 4-1 NACC) for the rest of the night, snapping their four-game winning streak with their first league loss.
It was Seubert's fourth double-double of the season and second in eight days. Freshman Matthew Kirmse had 15 points on five 3-pointers. Senior Dylan Sommerfeld and junior Greg Pigg had nine points each and sophomore Jason Palesse added eight in a balanced scoring effort.
Tanner Schieve led WLC with 16 points. Collin Kennedy, the NACC's leading scorer at over 23 points per night, was limited to 13 points.
MSOE came out of the gates shooting, hitting on its first five shots and breaking a 4-4 tie with a 14-2 run. Palesse hit a jumper at 13:55 to open an 18-6 advantage for the Red & White. While the offense was clicking on one end, the defense was stifling the Warriors at the other end. The Raiders gradually added to their lead, which peaked at 14 on two occasions in the first half, last at 27-13 with 6:26 to go.
The Raiders carried a 31-20 lead into halftime. They cooled off a bit, shooting 40.7 percent in the frame, but knocked down five 3's in the opening 20 minutes and limited WLC to just 30.4 shooting.
In the second half, the Warriors rattled off an early 10-4 run to pull as close as six points with 11:12 remaining, but five-straight points by home team re-established a double-digit advantage.
Wisconsin Lutheran did have one last burst in it with six-straight points making it just a seven-point game, but Seubert answered with a basket and the Raiders converted 8-of-10 free throws over the final two-plus minutes to ice the game.
MSOE shot 43.1 percent on the night, hitting on 7-of-20 three-point tries and going 17-for-24 at the free throw line. WLC was held to 38.6 percent, making just 5-of-18 from beyond the arc, with a 9-for-15 clip at the free throw line.
The Raiders now have nine days off before returning to the floor Dec. 31 at Concordia Chicago.