|Date:||February 22, 2013|
Luther College saw its 2012-13 season come to a close tonight after dropping a 62-57 decision to Wartburg College in the Iowa Conference Tournament Semifinals at the Regents Center.
Trailing 34-25 at halftime, the Norse put together a 9-0 run during the first five minutes of the second frame to level the score at 34-34. The Knights answered the Norse run with one of their own and held a 49-40 lead with nine minutes left in the game. Luther made one more run and tied the game at 53-53 with 4:13 left in the game. The tie was the fourth and final of the contest as Wartburg outscored the Norse 9-4 down the stretch to secure the victory.
Wartburg shot 49 percent that included an 8-for-13 performance from behind the three-point line. The Norse finished the game shooting 42 percent but were 4-for-20 from behind the arch.
Tyler Wedemeier completed his career with an 11 point, nine rebound, three block performance. Cale Austin was the only other Norse to tally double digits with 10 off the bench. John Androus chipped in nine and Zach Matos had eight.
Eddie Diemer led all scorers with 16 points. Brandon Flenor had 14 points and Mitchell Murphy had 11.
The loss gives Luther an overall record of 18-8. Wartburg improved to 15-11 and advanced to the championship game Sunday, Feb. 24. The Knights will travel to University of Dubuque who defeated Buena Vista University 64-61 tonight in Storm Lake. The winner of Sunday's championship tilt will earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
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