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November 1, 2013
RESULTS | LIMA, Ohio –With 32 points from Rontray Chavis and a double-double from John Cooksey, the Indiana Tech men’s basketball team rebounded from its first loss of 2013, defeating the Barons of Ohio State-Lima, 79-52 in the Hangar on Friday night.
It was an inauspicious start for the Warriors (2-1) as the Barons (0-1) took a 2-0 lead that was followed by a turnover from Tech. However, after tying the game at two on a Cooksey jumper, the Orange and Black never trailed, going on a 28-7 run to extend the lead to 21, 30-9. Tech stretched the lead out to a first half high of 26 on a layup by Nick Lewis with 1:13 left in the half, but a pair of late three’s by the Barons cut the lead to 17, 41-24, at the half.
Tech held OSU-Lima to 9-of-31 (31%) from the field with four of those coming on 12 attempts (33.3%) from behind the three-point arc. The Warriors, meanwhile, hit 17-of-31 (54.8%) shots from the floor, going 0-for-5 from behind the arc and converting just 7-of-13 (53.8%) from the free throw line.
Chavis led all scorers at the half with 14 points and five rebounds, while Parker Stouffer added eight points and Cooksey chipped in with six. Derek Reece led the Barons with 10 points and three rebounds.
It was a better start to the second half for Tech as they scored the first six points of the period to extend the lead to 23, 47-24. After a small burst from the Barons, cutting the lead to 20, 57-37, the Warriors went on a 12-0 run to put the game out-of-reach at 69-37, a 32-point lead with 9:21 to play.
The Warriors won the contest by 27, scoring 54 points in the paint to just 16 for OSU-Lima, while the Barons capitalized on the Warriors 18 turnovers to score 19 points to 18 Tech points on 15 turnovers. The Barons were held to 17-for-61 from the field (27.9%), including a 5-for-23 (21.7%) mark from three. OSU-Lima did converted 13-of-16 (81.3%) free throws for the game. Tech was able to shoot 59.3 percent (32-for-54) from the floor while hitting just 2-of-8 (25%) threes. The Warriors struggled at the charity stripe, shooting 56.5 percent (13-for-23) for the game.
Chavis led all scorers with 32 points and added nine rebounds while Cooksey finished with 11 points and 14 boards. Stouffer, Lewis and Derek Hamner each tallied eight points with Lewis also leading the team with six assists.
The Warriors return to the Schaefer Center on Wednesday, Nov. 5 for their next contest against Ohio Mid-Western. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip.