FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2013
RESULTS | FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Despite a second straight double-double from John Cooksey, the Indiana Tech men’s basketball team fell to Ohio Mid-Western College, 70-61, on Tuesday night at the Schaefer Center.
It was a sloppy first half for the Warriors (2-2) as the Rams (4-1) hung in early, trailing by just three, 7-4 before Tech went on a 13-4 run to take a 12-point, 20-8 lead at the 9:52 mark. The Orange and Black held a double-digit lead for most of the half, that is until poor offensive execution and several turnovers allowed OMC to get back in the game cutting the lead to five with a 15-8 run, trailing 28-23. A Cooksey tip-in as the buzzer sounded gave Tech a seven-point, 32-25 lead at the break.
Neither team was efficient on the offensive end as Tech was 12-for-31 (38.7%) from the field including a 1-for-7 (14.3%) mark from behind the three-point line. The Rams weren’t any better as they finished the half 8-for-34 (23.5%) from the floor and 2-for-12 (16.7%) from behind the arc. The Orange and Black did rule the paint, outscoring OMC 20-10, while the Rams won second chance points, 12-9.
Kenny Knight led all scorers with 11 points for the Rams while Nick Lewis led the Warriors with nine buckets and Cooksey added eight points and eight rebounds. Derek Hamner also contributed seven of the Warriors 11 bench points in the half.
The Rams weren’t going away in the second half, opening the half on a 20-5 run to take a seven-point, 45-48 lead, which they didn’t relinquish. Tech got to within two points twice in the half, but the length and athletic ability of the Rams was too much as OMC stretched the lead to 12, 70-58 with 11 seconds to play before Hamner knocked down a three at the buzzer to end the game 70-61.
Ohio Mid-Western won the battle inside in the second half, outscoring Tech 20-14 in the paint and eight to two in second chance points. The Rams went 15-for-30 (50%) from the field in the half including a 4-for-8 (50%) mark from three. On the other side, the Warriors went 9-for-30 (30%) from the field in the half while converting just 1-of-6 (16.7%) three-point attempts. The Rams also outrebounded the Warriors 51-45.
The bright side for Tech was the continued solid play of Cooksey who ended the night with 12 points and 13 rebounds while Lewis led the team with 19 points. Hamner added 11 off the bench for the Orange and Black, but Knight had a game-high 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Rams.
Tech returns to the court on Saturday, Nov. 9 when Taylor visits the Schaefer Center for a 7 p.m. tip.