River Forest, Ill. – The CUW Men's Basketball punched their ticket to Saturday's Concordia Invitation Tournament Championship game downing the host Concordia University Chicago 98-69 in a very energetic and all-around well-played game by the Falcons.
Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 98, Concordia Chicago 69
Location: River Forest, Ill. Geiseman Gymnasium
Records: Concordia Wisconsin 11-8, 9-6 NACC, Concordia Chicago 4-11, 4-14 NACC
HOW IT HAPPENED
- CUW started fast in their first round game of CIT against the host Concordia Chicago Friday night. Both offensively and defensively the Falcons were clicking in the first half as they drained six first half 3-pointers, three of which coming from senior guard Trevor Krizenesky (Brillion, Wis.) who made all of his three-point attempts.
- Defensively, CUW held CUC to 34 first half points, forced 11 turnovers and held the Cougars to 23.1 percent (3-of-13) from downtown.
- Krizenesky led all scorers at the half with 13 points off the bench and helped the Falcons go into the locker room with a 49-34 halftime lead.
- About four minutes into the second half the Cougars put together a 7-0 run to trim the Falcons lead to 11, but it was Krizenesky again who continued his hot shooting from downtown and rebuilt the Falcons lead hitting back-to-back triples.
- From that point on the Falcons intense defense and unselfish play guided them to a 98-69 win and a chance to bring home the CIT trophy in tomorrow's championship game.
- CUW's defense played outstanding holding the Cougars to 39.6 percent shooting (21-of-53) from the field and 26.1 percent (6-of-23) from downtown. The Falcons also owned the glass as they out-rebounded CUC 48-30.
- The Falcons had five players reach double-digits led by Krizenesky's game-high 23 points, senior guard Malcolm Bowers (Germantown, Wis.) added 15, senior forward Keith Kahlfeldt (New Berlin, Wis.) chipped in with 11 and junior guard Eric Kittel (Brillion, Wis.) and sophomore guard Josh Erickson (Manitowoc, Wis.) each scored 10.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Krizenesky's 23 points is a new career-high for the senior guard. He also drained a career-high five three pointers in his impressive outing.
- Freshman forward CJ Teske (Pewaukee, Wis.) scored his first two collegiate points at the end of the game.
- The Falcons shot 50 percent or better for the third time in their last four games.
- Concordia Chicago was led by Mitch Pelissier who scored a team-high 17 points and pulled in eight rebounds.
- Mike Walmer and Justin Mack each added 12 points for the Cougars
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
- CUW advances to tomorrow's CIT Championship game as they take on Concordia Nebraska at 7 pm inside the Geiseman Gymnasium.