Spartans Stay Hot With Win At Wartburg

Jan 27, 2018

Box Score

WAVERLY, Iowa – The University of Dubuque men’s basketball team picked up another road win and their fourth win in five games, beating Wartburg, 102-92

The Wartburg Knights got off to a hot start, gaining an 11-5 lead before the game was four minutes old.  With the score at 16-15 in favor of Wartburg with 12:19 remaining in the first half, Marcus McDaniel connected on a three pointer to give the Spartans the 18-16 lead. Wartburg would tie the score four times over the next four minutes and even take one point lead at the 9:09 mark, but after a Marcus McDaniel layup with 8:25 left in the half, the Spartans would never trail again.

UD would build their lead up to as many as 16 points with 13:12 left in the game and fought off every run that Wartburg tried to make. The Knights cut the Spartan lead to 80-76 with just 5:49 remaining, but TJ Lake responded with one of his seven three pointers  and Wartburg would not be able to get closer than seven points for the remainder of the game.  

TJ Lake once again led the Spartans in scoring, putting up 37 points against the Knights on 11-20 shooting and 7-13 from three. The 37 points is the second most points he has scored in a game this season, behind his 50 point game at Loras and has moved his season average to 25.4 points per game. Lake also added a game-high six assists.

Three other Spartans reached double figures in scoring, Marcus McDaniel with 18, Jamaree Atwater with 15 and Henry Thompson came off the bench to pitch in 11 points. Michael Williams continues to be a force on the boards, collecting a game-high seven rebounds, all of which came of the defensive end.

The Spartans were hot from the entire field on Saturday afternoon, hitting 58.2% (32-55) of their shots from the field and a staggering 51.9% (14-27) from behind the arc. The UD defense limited Wartburg to just five threes made on 26 attempts. UD had the lead for 31:56 in this contest.  

During this five game stretch in which the Spartans have won four of the five games, three of the wins have come on the road.

The Spartans have the week off before hosting Central College on Saturday, February 3rd at 4:00 in the Stoltz Sports Center