Another Upset Puts Wartburg In Sweet 16 [Videos]
The Wartburg Knights are getting quite a reward for upsetting two top 10-ranked opponents on consecutive evenings — their first trip to the Sweet 16 in three decades.
The Knights (21-9 overall) advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987 with a 76-43 victory over No. 4 Wisconsin-River Falls (25-4) on the Falcons’ home floor Saturday night (March 4, 2017). Not only was this the first back-to-back wins in the NCAA Tournament since 1987, it will also be the first appearance in the Sweet 16 since that year. Wartburg also moved its overall winning streak to seven and has claimed the last five straight on the road.
This marked the fourth upset win and second in as many days over a Top 25 opponent for the Knights this season. They opened the NCAA Tournament with a 92-66 win over 10th-ranked Benedictine Friday night.
Junior Nate Woeste (Atkins) led all scorers with 19 points. Seniors Jordan Cannon (Bollingbrook, Ill.) and Nick Webber (Peosta) joined him in double digits with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Cannon added a team-best seven rebounds and three assists.
Wartburg opened the game on a 16-2 run over the first five and a half minutes of play and never looked back.
Defensively, the Knights held the Falcons to 7.1-percent shooting behind the arc in the first half alone (1-14). Wartburg held the advantage in all three shooting percentage categories: field goal (.522 vs. .226), three-point field goal percentage (.391 vs. .162) and free throw (.826 vs. .565),
UP NEXT: The Knights will next face Augustana (Ill.) (21-8) on Friday (March 10). The time and game location have not yet been announced by the NCAA.
Story Courtesy of Wartburg Sports Information
Game Highlights vs. No. 4 Wisconsin-River Falls
Post-Game Press Conference
Videos Courtesy Wartburg Knights via YouTube