MEQUON, Wis. – The Crusaders never trailed in the first half against Concordia Wisconsin, but the Falcons passed Maranatha in the second half with a 67-49 win.
Maranatha opened up as much as much as a 13-point lead in the first half on a layup by sophomore guard Tanner Moses (Lodi, Wis.), and went into halftime, up 30-28.
Maranatha was perfect from the free-throw line and shot 43% from the field in the first half, but the Falcons came out firing to take a five point lead out of the halftime break.
The Falcons struggled to connect from beyond the arc, shooting 20% and had a difficult time fending off a pesky Crusader defense that held the Falcons’ lead to single digits through most of the second half.
Concordia Wisconsin finally broke a double-digit lead with two minutes left in the game, giving Maranatha a closely contested sixth loss of the season.
“Concordia Wisconsin is a perennially top-ranked team in the conference and for us to hold a lead over them was huge. We were where we wanted to be in the first half offensively and defensively and Matt McGivern and Joel were big for us,” head coach Keith Salscheider stated.
Senior forward Joel Borchardt (Watertown, Wis.) notched a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds while guard Andrew McKinney (St. Charles, Iowa) was a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line with nine points.
Maranatha faces Concordia Chicago at home on Saturday, December 15 at 4:15 p.m.