WATERTOWN, Wis. – Joel Borchardt scored his 1,000th career point, but was upstaged by the Wisconsin Lutheran Warriors, who waited until the final minutes of the game to pull away from Maranatha, 64-53 on Saturday evening.
After falling behind 32-17 in the first half, Maranatha hit two three’s, and several free-throws capped by a Kyle Kutz (Cambridge, Wis.) layup with one second left to pull Maranatha to within six at 34-28.
The Warriors responded in the second half, boosting their lead to 20, but Maranatha once again received some timely three-pointers, one coming from sophomore Zach Janes (Kiowa, Colo.) to cut the lead to 59-53.
Wisconsin Lutheran came right back, on a layup with 3:16 on the clock and Maranatha missed scoring opportunities on their next two possessions.
The Warriors finally put the game out of reach on free-throws, dropping Maranatha to 2-8 overall.
Maranatha held a 36-34 rebounding edge over the Warriors but shot 33% from the field and 40.9% from three-point range.
Coach Salscheider stated, “Give credit to Wisconsin Lutheran and their players for coming through with the win. Our season has had growing pains with injuries, and we did get Matt Hunter back tonight, but I’m so proud of the guys and the improvement they have shown. Their has never been any finger-pointing or complaining and we’re looking forward to having Brett Cashner and Matt McGivern back soon.”
Borchardt finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal and has 1,001 career points in four seasons with the Crusaders. The 6-6 forward is also the school’s leading rebounder with 628–60 more than former center Josh Stein, who finished with 568.
Kutz and senior guard Matt Hunter (Pontiac, Ill.) finished with 12 points apiece as the Crusaders move on to face Lakeland on Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. in Plymouth, Wis.