WATERTOWN, Wis. – The tempo was upbeat, but Maranatha was defeated 77-71 by Dominican’s second-half shooting.
After opening the game with a 16-5 lead, Maranatha shot its way to a 35-27 halftime lead. The Crusaders received contributions from a number of players in the first half en route to 52% shooting from field goal range.
Some clutch shooting and defense kept the lead in Maranatha’s favor to open the second half, but the Stars shot 53% in the second half as opposed to 36% in the first.
That effort gave the Stars the lead at 8:24 left in the game. They slowly built up that lead until sealing the game on free throw shots.
Junior forward Joel Borchardt’s contributions included 23 points and nine rebounds, while freshman guard Caleb Burch (Eau Claire, Wis.) chipped in 12 points, two being clutch three-pointers.
“I thought there was a stretch in the second half where Dominican received the ball in the paint 8 of 9 times and scored, and we were impatient. Dominican deserves the win, they shot very well,” Coach Ring stated.
The Dominican fans were especially raucous, in an otherwise quiet gymnasium, after watching their team rally to win.
“I was encouraged by our defense in the first half after a week of practice emphasizing that particular aspect of our game. Dominican gets all the credit as they really fed off the energy of their fans,” Ring pointed out.”
Maranatha look to improve against Wisconsin Lutheran at home at 7:00 p.m.