Raiders Find Groove Early in 87-60 Victory

Raiders Find Groove Early in 87-60 Victory

MILWAUKEE - The MSOE men's basketball team scored 54 first-half points and built on a 25-point halftime lead in rolling past Concordia Chicago 87-60 Saturday afternoon at the Kern Center.

The Raiders (9-7, 6-5 NACC) rebounded from a game in which they scored just 48 points Thursday to outdo that total by halftime against the Cougars (5-11, 3-10).

Junior Austin Stueck led the way with 21 points in just 24 minutes, while senior Jeremiah Erdman scored 14 first-half points with 4-of-4 shooting from three-point range. Senior Nathan Verdun also reached double-figures with 11 points as 12 MSOE players saw time in the game and 13 scored.

Patrick Phillip led CUC with 13 points off the bench. Adam Giger scored nine points and Kylan Anderson finished with eight.

The Raiders used a 12-0 run to break open a tight game early and start to pull away. Trailing 15-13 at the 14:27 mark, the Red & White needed just about four minutes to make it 25-15. The team continued to add to its lead, closing the half on a 14-4 run to take a 25-point lead into the intermission at 54-29.

MSOE continued its run in the second half, opening the period on an 11-3 spurt to make it 65-32 just under six minutes in. The lead peaked at 37 points past the midway point and the Raiders never looked back.

The opening frame proved to be key, as Erdmann scored all of his points and Stueck added 18 for a Red & White looking to rebound. The team shot 52.8 percent in the period, but knocked down 9-of-13 (.692) from beyond the arc. It finished the game at 49.2 percent from the field and 11 three-pointers on 21 attempts.

The Raiders also converted on 16-of-19 from the free throw line and committed just nine turnovers in an all-around strong effort.

Concordia Chicago was limited to 352 percent, hitting just 6-of-22 from three-point range. The visitors committed just 15 turnovers, but MSOE converted those into 28 points.

The Red & White returns to the court Wednesday, hosting Lakeand.