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December 14, 2013
RESULTS | FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- With their sixth straight win, the Indiana Tech men’s basketball team moved into sole possession of first place in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, defeating 25th-ranked Lourdes 65-55 on Saturday at the Schaefer Center.
The Warriors improved to 9-4 overall and 6-1 in WHAC play and got an important piece of the puzzle back with the return of senior guard, Jeff Hoskins.
Tech got off to a fast start, opening the contest on a 12-2 run, eventually building a lead as large as 18, which they did twice. The Warriors dominated the first half, taking a 34-16 lead into the break. The Orange and Black outscored Lourdes 18-14 in the paint, 7-0 on points off turnovers and 8-2 in fast break points.
The offense saw its best production to date in the first half, knocking down 14-of-27 (51.9%) from the field despite a 2-for-7 (28.6%) mark from behind the three-point line. Tech was also 4-for-5 (80%) from the free throw line. The defense was the story in the first half though, holding the Gray Wolves to just seven baskets from the field in the half, while Lourdes did finish 2-for-4 (50%) from the charity stripe.
Rontray Chavis led all scorers with nine points while grabbing four rebounds while Nick Lewis added eight points. Zach Steinmetz led Lourdes with eight points and five rebounds.
Lourdes came out on fire in the second half, scoring 12 of the first 14 points in the half to cut the Warriors lead to five, 37-32 with 13:18 to play. A Chavis jumper stopped the bleeding and a subsequent steal by Chavis led to a three in transition from Tanner Watkins to give Tech the momentum and a 10-point, 44-34 lead. Despite several more runs, the Gray Wolves didn’t get to within more than six the rest of the game, sealing the Warriors upset.
For the contest Tech was 24-for-44 (54.5%) from the floor, 4-for-12 (33.3%) from three and 13-for-18 (72.2%) from the charity stripe. On the other end of the court, the defense held Lourdes to 25-for-57 (43.9%) shooting including a 0-for-2 mark from behind the arc. The Gray Wolves were just 5-for-11 (72.2%) at the line.
Chavis led all scorers with 20 points while grabbing eight rebounds with two blocks and two steals. Lewis added 13 points while Hoskins finished with seven in his return.
Steinmetz led the visitors with 20 points and nine rebounds.
The Warriors return to the court on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. when they host the Titans of Indiana-South Bend.