MILWAUKEE – The MSOE men's basketball got off to a rocky start and could not recover in suffering its first loss of the season, 83-61, to Wisconsin Lutheran Wednesday night at Hotchkin Arena.
The Raiders (6-1, 2-1 NACC) gave up the first 12 points of the night and found themselves playing catch-up with the Warriors (4-3, 2-1 NACC) throughout the game.
Andrew Bruggink scored a game-high 23 points for Wisconsin Lutheran to lead four starters in double-figures. Caleb Goldstein tallied 17 points, Collin Kennedy had 13, and Matty Farner posted a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds on the night.
MSOE struggled out of the gates, allowing an energetic Warrior team to score the first 12 points of the game. The visitors would open a 35-12 lead as the Red & White struggled with 10 turnovers and just 4-of-22 shooting.
The deficit peaked at 38-14 before the Raiders got going. They would close the frame on a 10-2 run to make it 40-24 at halftime. Free throws were the key as the got to the free throw line 10 times, making eight in the closing minutes of the half.
A Palesse three pulled MSOE within 13 at 44-31 in the opening minutes of the second half but the Warriors were able to pull away. They responded with a 12-2 run and led by as many as 30 late in regulation. The Red & White scored the final eight points of the game.
The Raiders entered the game shooting 53 percent from the field and 46.5 percent from three-point range over the first six games of the season. They shot just 36.1 percent for the game, including a paltry 5-of-22 from beyond the arc.
Wisconsin Lutheran was hot all night long, finishing at 51.7 percent from the field. The visitors also made 8-of-15 three-point tries.
MSOE returns to the court Saturday, hosting Illinois Tech.