Second Half Comeback Falls Short as @INTechMBB Suffers 78-73 Road Loss


January 15, 2014

RESULTS | LIVONIA, Mich. – Despite a strong second half, the Indiana Tech men’s basketball team suffered their fourth straight loss on Wednesday, falling to Madonna at the MU Activities Center, 78-73.

The Crusaders (13-6, 9-2) led from the opening tip, scoring nine of the first 13 points to jump out to a 9-4 lead. A jumper and a pair of free throws from Antwan Cathey cut the lead to one, 9-8. Another run by Madonna increased the lead to 10, 22-12 with 10:25 to play, but the Warriors (11-8, 6-5) kept fighting scoring the next 10 points, seven from Jeff Hoskins, to tie the game at 22. The two teams traded baskets over the next three minutes with Tech trailing by just one, 27-26, with 3:54 to play, however, MU closed the half on a 8-0 run to account for the nine-point, 35-26 lead into the break.

The Warriors didn’t give up, battling through the second half, despite trailing by as many as 14 points, 51-37, with 13:26 left to play. The Orange and Black cut the lead to eight on a John Cooksey layup at the 11:38 mark, but another run by the Crusaders stretched the lead back to 13 points, 56-43. Tech continued to claw their way back into the contest, outscoring MU 28-17 over the next nine minutes to cut the lead to two points, 73-71 with 28 seconds to play. Unfortunately, the Crusaders made their free throws down the stretch to extend the lead to the final margin, 78-73.

“The guys showed a lot of heart tonight,” stated Head Coach Al Grushkin. “Jeff Hoskins played really well and hit some big shots while Tyrece Edwards gave us some valuable minutes off the bench. We had a defensive lapse there to end the first half and we couldn’t complete the comeback. I’m proud of the way our guys fought and never gave up.”

Tech lost the battle inside, being outscored 32-26 in the paint and outrebounded 28-25 for the contest. Offensively the Warriors excelled, shooting 48.1 percent (25-for-52) from the field, 38.9 percent (7-for-18) from behind the arc and 16-for-17 (94.1%) from the charity stripe. The defense faltered though, as Madonna finished the contest 26-for-49 (53.1) from the floor including a 8-for-14 (57.1%) mark from three and converted 18-of-24 (75%) free throws.

Hoskins finished the contest with 27 points and eight rebounds, both team highs, while Tanner Watkins tallied 11 points and Cooksey finished with 10.

Bobby Naubert led the Crusaders with 27 points while Travis Schuba added 16.

The Warriors look to return to their winning ways on Saturday, Jan. 18 when they host Lawrence Tech at 3 p.m.

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