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December 7, 2013
Written By: Tressa Garty
RESULTS | FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Led by a double-double off the bench by Rontray Chavis, the Indiana Tech men’s basketball team overcame a seven-point deficit to defeat Siena Heights 70-65 on Saturday at the Schaefer Center.
After the Warriors (8-4, 5-1) jumped out to a four point lead, the Saints (4-8, 1-5) promptly tied the game and two teams traded the lead several times until Tech used a six-point run to take a five-point, 14-9 lead with 12:39 to play. The Orange and Black maintained the lead until the 7:08 mark and after the eighth tie of the half at 30 points with 1:32 to play, the Saints closed the period on a 10-3 run to take a 40-33 lead into the break.
Tech outscored SHU 16-12 in the paint, 8-6 in points off turnover, 9-6 in second chance points, 4-2 in fast break points and 16-2 in bench points, however, the Warriors shot 37 percent (10-for-27) from the field, going 0-for-4 from the three-point line but did convert 13-of-15 (86.7%) free throws. The defense held the Saints to a 9-for-26 (34.6%) mark from the floor, sinking 2-of-4 from behind the arc and finished 22-for-24 (83.3%) from the charity stripe. Christian Covile led all scorers with 20 first half points while Chavis led Tech with 11 points and eight rebounds.
With solid defensive play coming out of the half, the Warriors were able to go on a 13-4 run to take an early three-point, 47-44 lead and would never trail the rest of the half. Despite tying three times, the Saints couldn’t overcome the stellar defensive effort by Tech in the second half. The Saints did make it interesting at the end, tying the game at 59 with 6:06 to play, but they couldn’t stop Chavis who scored eight of the Warriors final 10 points to salt the win away.
Tech’s defense held the Saints to 35.5 percent (11-for-31) from the field, 1-for-6 (16.7%) from three and a 2-for-5 (40%) mark from the free throw line in the second half. The Orange and Black finished the half 11-for-27 (40.7%) from the floor, 3-for-9 (33.3%) from behind the arc and 12-for-18 (66.75) from the charity stripe. Chavis led all scorers with a13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the second half while Covile added eight for SHU.
Chavis finished the contest with a team-high 24 points and 20 rebounds with Parker Stouffer adding eight points while Jalen Packer and Nick Lewis each tallied seven.
Covlied led all scorers with 28 points for the Saints.
The Warriors return to action on Saturday, Dec. 14 when they host No. 25 Lourdes for a 3 p.m. tip.