FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2013
RESULTS | FORT WAYNE, Ind. – With five players in double-figures, led by 24 points from Rontray Chavis, the Indiana Tech men’s basketball team dominated IU-South Bend, 90-61 on Saturday at the Schaefer Center.
Tech led from the opening tip and after trading baskets for the first eight minutes of the contest to make the score 9-7 Warriors (10-4), two Chavis free throws sparked an 8-0 run to stretch the lead to 10, 17-7 with 10:36 to play in the period. After a Titans (6-8) basket made it 17-9, the Warriors took their second 10-point lead of the half and never looked back. The Orange and Black continued to stretch the lead, taking a 23-point, 47-24, lead into the break as Jeff Hoskins tipped in a Tanner Watkins jumper as the buzzer sounded.
The Warriors excelled at both ends of the court in the first half, as Tech shot 54.3 percent (19-for-35) from the floor, 25 percent (2-of-8) from three and 77.8 percent (7-for-9) from the free throw line while the defense held the Titans to just 8-for-30 (26.7%) from the field including a 2-for-8 (25%) mark from behind the arc while converting 6-of-10 (60%) from the charity stripe. Chavis led all scorers with 13 first half points while John Cooksey and Hoskins led the Warriors with six rebounds each.
The Titans never led in the contest and didn’t get closer than 25 points in the second half as the Orange and Black led by 30-plus points for the majority of the second period, hitting their high-water mark of 36, 85-49, with 3:24 to play. The final margin was 29 points, 90-61.
Tech won all phases of the game, outrebounding IUSB 42-32, while outscoring them in the paint 50-22, points off turnovers (17-12), second chance points (18-13) and fast break points (14-3). The Warriors finished the contest 57.1 percent (36-for-63) from the field, 4-for-12 (33.3%) from three and 14-for-19 (73.7%) from the line. The Titans were held to just 21-for-63 (33.3%) shooting while knocking down 8-of-22 (36.45) three-pointers and finished 11-for-17 (64.7%) from the charity stripe.
Chavis finished the contest with 24 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and four steals, his best performance of the season while Watkins added 15 points. Nick Lewis (10), Jeremy Wohltman (10) and Hoskins (12) each finished in double figures while Cooksey led the team with nine boards.
After an exhibition game against NCAA Division I Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Mich. on Dec. 23, at 12 p.m., the Warriors return home for a non-conference rematch with Ohio State-Lima on Dec. 31, a 12 p.m. tip.