Faurote, Eagles sink Warriors for third straight win
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Edgewood College Athletic Website
Posted January 10, 2009 @ 11:31 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. – The Edgewood College men’s basketball team put five players in double figures and stretched its winning streak to three games with an 88-84 win over Wisconsin Lutheran College in a Northern Athletics Conference matchup at the Recreation Complex in Milwaukee, Wis. on Saturday night.
The Eagles (6-7, 4-1 NAC) shot 67.7 percent (21-of-31) from the field in the second half and were 37-of-73 (50.9 percent) for the game, marking their third straight game of shooting over 50 percent. Ben Wisniewski and Kent Faurote led the offensive attack with 18 points apiece and Jon Ciche scored a season-high 15 points and swatted five shots in the win. Faurote had seven rebounds to go with three steals and a huge go-ahead three-pointer down the stretch in his 20 minutes off the bench.
Edgewood College broke an early 12-12 tie with a 9-2 run early in the first half to take a 7-point lead. It would grow to eight points, their largest of the game, on a Jeff Barczak layup before the Warriors began to chip away in a nail-biter that went to the wire.
With 3:12 to go until the half, Sam Siemers, who finished with a game-high 22 points, hit a three-pointer which sparked a WLC run that would eventually give them a five point lead heading into halftime.
After climbing all the way back from its largest deficit of nine points in the second half, Edgewood College had clung to an 84-81 lead with just 1:10 remaining in the game. WLC (5-6, 2-2 NAC) was just 8-of-25 from the three-point arc on the night, but when they needed one the most, it was Kyle Plath to even up the score for three of his 13 points on the night with just 43 seconds left.
Back on Dec. 13, the Eagles found themselves down by two to Benedictine at home with just seconds remaining and Faurote hit the biggest shot of his young freshman season to give the Eagles a one-point advantage and propel them to victory.
He eclipsed that moment on Saturday night with a go-ahead three-pointer with 26 seconds remaining to give the Eagles an 87-84 lead on the road against the Warriors. He’d add another free throw in the waning seconds to make up the final score and give Edgewood College its third straight conference win and third straight win overall.
Faurote made up 18 of the Eagles’ 29 points of the bench outscoring WLC who managed to get just 13 points of its own bench. The Warriors did match the Eagles in getting five scorers in double figures, however. All five starters reached double-digits and Kyle Madson matched Ciche with a game-high eight rebounds.
Edgewood College’s John Schuster narrowly missed a triple-double, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 32 minutes of action.
Plath’s three down the stretch may have been irrelevant had it not been for the Warrior’s superb free throw shooting. WLC connected on 24-of-27 attempts from the charity stripe while the Eagles managed go to just 7-of-14. Edgewood College out-rebounded the Warriors 46-39 for its highest output of the season thus far.
The Eagles will host Rockford College on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Todd Wehr Edgedome.