@INTechMBB Win Streak Snapped by Racers in 72-89 Loss


January 4, 2014

RESULTS | FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech men’s basketball team saw its eight-game winning streak snapped on Saturday with a 89-72 loss at the hands of Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference foe Northwestern Ohio at the Schaefer Center.

The Racers (10-4, 6-2) started the game on a 9-3 run and stretched the lead to seven, 16-9, at the 12:48 mark, however, the Warriors (11-5, 6-2) scored the next six points to get to within one, 16-15. A 19-8 run by UNOH extended their lead to 12, 35-23, with 5:07 to play in the half. Four points from John Cooksey aided the Warriors as Tech outscored the Racers 8-2 over the final five minutes to cut the lead to six, 37-31, at the half.

Offensively, the Orange and Black played well, shooting 52 percent (13-for-25) in the half, going 1-for-5 (20%) from behind the three-point arc but converted just 4-of-7 (57.1%) free throws. Defensively the Warriors struggled as the Racers shot 58.3 percent (14-for-24) from the field including a 5-for-10 (50%) mark from behind the arc and UNOH was 4-for-5 (80%) from the charity stripe.

The Racers put the game out of reach early in the second half as UNOH opened the period on a 9-0 run to stretch the lead to 15, 46-31 with 18:16 to play. The closest the Warriors got the rest of the way was 13 points which happened three times, the last coming at 53-40 with 14:11 to play. Antwan Cathey got a dunk as time expired to cut the final margin to 17, 89-72.

Tech finished the contest 27-for-54 (50%) from the field, 2-for-11 (18.2%) from three and 16-for-24 (66.7%) from the free throw line while the Racers finished 32-for-57 (56.1%) from the floor, 8-for-17 (47.1%) from long range and 17-for-19 (89.5%) from the charity stripe. Tech had a slim edge in rebounds, 29-28, and second chance points, 17-11, but turned the ball over 13 times to just nine for the Racers.

The Warriors had four players score in double figures led by Rontray Chavis' 17 to go along with a team-high six rebounds while Cathey added 15 points and Jeff Hoskins finished with 13.

UNOH saw five players score in double figures led by Johnny Elliott who finished with 24 points.

The Warriors return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 8 when they travel to Grand Rapids, Mich. to face Cornerstone at 7:30 p.m.

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