@INTechMBB Falls to No. 17 Crusaders, 60-55


November 16, 2013

RESULTS | FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Despite a career-high 26 points from freshman Tanner Watkins, the Indiana Tech men’s basketball team fell to the 17th-ranked Crusaders of Madonna University, 60-55 at the Schaefer Center on Saturday afternoon.

Much like the women before them, the Warrior men jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the early going, leading for much of the first half. Tech (3-47, 0-1) got up by as many as eight points with 7:12 to play in the first half, but an 8-0 run by the Crusaders (2-3, 1-0) tied the score at 17 with 3:20 to play. A Watkins three-pointer stretched the Warriors lead to three, but a Travis Schuba layup with 2:10 to play cut the lead back to one and with four seconds left in the half, Bobby Naubert stole the ball from Jalen Packer for the easy coast-to-coast layup and a one point, 21-20 halftime lead.

Madonna won the battle inside, outscoring Tech 16-8 in the paint and outrebounding the Warriors 20-16 in the half. The Crusaders shot 37 percent (10-for-27) in the period and were held without a three (0-for-5). The Warriors, meanwhile, went 7-for-23 (30.4%) from the floor, including a 2-for-13 (15.4%) mark from behind the arc.

With the momentum on their side, the Crusaders outscored the Warriors 15-6 in the opening minutes of the second half to take a seven-point, 36-29 lead with 13:41 to play. The two teams traded the lead three times over the next 10 minutes, until a Naubert jumper put MU ahead by one, 49-48, a lead they would not relinquish. Late free throws allowed the Crusaders to push the lead to five, the final margin, 60-55.

Madonna shot 50 percent (12-for-24) in the second half while going 5-for-12 (41.7%) from three and 10-for-13 (76.95) from the charity stripe to win the game. Conversely, Tech shot 35.7 percent (10-for-28) in the second half, despite knocking down 6-of-13 (46.2%) three-pointers in the period.

Watkins finished with a game-high in points, tallying 20 of his 26 in the second half thanks to a 4-for-8 performance from behind the arc in the period. Jeremy Wohltman and Parker Stouffer each added seven points for the Warriors, with Stouffer grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.

Naubert led the Crusaders with 25 points and added seven boards.

The Warriors return to the court on Wednesday, Nov. 20 when they host the Saints of Aquinas College at 7:30 p.m.

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