MILWAUKEE – Four players scored in double-figures, led by senior Collin Seubert's 20 points, but it was not enough as the MSOE men's basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 76-73 loss to Wisconsin Lutheran in the NACC Tournament First Round Wednesday evening at the Recreation Complex.
The fifth-seeded Raiders (12-13) nearly erased an eight-point deficit in the final three-plus minutes but could pull no closer than one point of the No. 4 Warriors (16-10).
Seubert scored 16 points in the second half as MSOE had to overcome a nine-point halftime deficit. He added nine rebounds, four blocked shots, four assists and three steals in his final collegiate game before fouling out with 2:37 remaining.
Senior Dylan Sommerfeld also went out on a high note with 12 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Jason Palesse scored 11 points with three steals and freshman Jake Gebert chipped in 10 points off the bench.
Chase Nowak scored a game-high 25 points for Wisconsin Lutheran, which advances to play at No. 1 Benedictine Friday. Collin Kennedy had a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Tanner Schieve added 15 points and Tyler De Young had 11.
The Warriors led by as many as 10 in the second half but re-established an eight-point advantage at 71-63 on a Kennedy layup with 3:16 remaining. Seubert quickly answered with a three-point play just 11 seconds later and Palesse followed with a three-pointer to quickly cut it to a two-point game at 71-69 with 2:29 to play.
After a Schieve free throw, Palesse hit a pair at the charity stripe to make it 72-71. Then, senior Alex Darville countered a Nowak jumper with two more free throws to pull the Raiders within 74-73 in the final minute.
A missed basket on the WLC end gave MSOE the ball down one point with just over 30 seconds to play. Unfortunately, a go-ahead jumper fell short and, after two more Warrior free throws, a potential game-tying three-pointer also was off the mark with three seconds to go.
The Raiders shot 41 percent in the game despite going just 3-of-21 from beyond the arc. They did go a strong 20-for-25 at the free throw line. Wisconsin Lutheran finished at 44.1 percent, with a tidy 6-of-13 from three-point range. The home team got to the free throw line 27 times, converting 18.