MILWAUKEE – Freshman Greg Pigg hit a layup with 8.2 seconds remaining to put the MSOE men's basketball team ahead and send them to a 68-65 victory over Edgewood Thursday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (3-4, 2-2 NACC) led the Eagles (2-5, 2-5 NACC) for much of the night, but needed the freshman point guard's theatrics to hold off the visitors.
Junior Austin Stueck led three players in double-figures with a game-high 18 points. Junior Connor Patterson added 17 points and Pigg finished with a career-best 10 points. Senior Nathan Verdun had nine points in the game and blocked three shots.
Dylan Rusch led Edgewood with 13 points. Joe Klocek tallied 11.
Following Pigg's layup, Verdun came up with a steal with four seconds on the clock and Stueck buried a pair of free throws with 1.5 seconds on the clock to secure the victory.
Klocek had hit two free throws with 15.2 remaining in regulation to give EC a 65-64 lead as regulation was winding. The visitors followed with a timeout, setting up MSOE's decisive possession.
MSOE led by as many as 12 in the second half, taking a 52-40 lead on a reverse layup by Pigg. That basket came at the 10:20 mark and the Red & White would make just one more basket over the next 8:04 as the Eagles clawed back into the game.
Edgewood answered Pigg's basket with an extended 23-10 to take its first lead since early in the game at 63-62 on a Rusch three-point play.
Sophomore Collin Seubert hit a pair of free throws as the Raiders retook the lead at 64-63 and set up the frantic final moments.
Both teams shot the ball well in the game, with MSOE hitting 52.2 percent of its attempts and 19-of-21 at the free throw line. Edgewood shot slightly better at 53.2 percent from the field, 7-of-15 from three-point range and 8-of-9 at the free throw line.
The Raiders took some time to get going in the game, missing five their first six shots of the game and committing three turnovers in falling behind 10-2. Head coach Brian Miller called a timeout to calm his team and MSOE responded by hitting eight of its next nine attempts during a 17-2 run to jump ahead 19-12.
After back-to-back Patterson layups, junior Dylan Jones hit an open layup to force Edgewood into a timeout. The defense limited the visitors to just 1-of-7 shooting during the run.
The Eagles gained their footing a bit coming out of the stoppage, pulling back within three at 21-18. It was 25-22 moments later when the Red & White rattled off seven-straight points, punctuated by a Verdun dunk, to make it a 10-point game at 32-22.
Once again, EC called timeout and the visitors responded with a 6-2 run to close the half and pull within 34-28 at the break.
MSOE shot 64 percent in the opening half, making 16 of its 25 shot attempts.
The Raiders return to action Saturday with their third game of the week, hitting the road to take on Beloit.