WATERTOWN, Wis. – The Crusaders managed to hang tight with the Edgewood Eagles in spite of foul trouble, losing 72-59 on Thursday night.
In the first half, Maranatha managed to hold the Eagles to a 13-11 lead at 11:37 left in the half, before hitting a scoreless drought that gave Edgewood a 23-13 lead with 4:51 on the clock.
A layup by sophomore forward Kyle Kutz (Cambridge, Wis.) right before the buzzer, cut the deficit to 30-23 leading into halftime.
The second half proved to be grueling, as Maranatha’s foul troubles sent the Eagles to the line numerous times.
In spite of foul trouble, the Crusaders trailed Edgewood only 36-33 at the fifteen minute mark. Freshman guard Tanner Moses (Lodi, Wis.) drew the Crusaders to within eight points, before the Eagles pulled away for the win.
Junior guard Matt McGivern (Milwaukee, Wis.) finished as the leading scorer with 14 points on 4-5 three-point shooting.
Freshman guard Caleb Burch (Eau Claire, Wis.) finished with 11 points and four rebounds.
“Good effort from our guys. We executed good offensively and our defense gave us a chance to be in the game. They made plays in the second half and we didn’t, but I thought we got better tonight especially from the first time we played Edgewood,” Coach Ring stated.
Ring was referring to Maranatha’s first match against Edgewood in a 75-48 loss on January 17.
The Crusaders are at home on Saturday against Concordia Wisconsin at 4:15 p.m.