CHICAGO – Junior Tegan Miles scored a career-high 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting and the MSOE men's basketball team lost to Illinois Tech 57-54 Saturday afternoon at Keating Sports Center.
There were 10 lead changes in the game early, but the Raiders (1-3) found themselves playing catching up to the Scarlet Hawks (2-3) the entire second half.
Senior Collin Seubert scored 17 points as the only other Red & White player in double-figures. He also grabbed a team-best eight rebounds, while Miles finished with six.
Samuel Rarick and Max Hisatake notched 12 points each to lead IIT, with Hisatake adding 13 rebounds for the double-double. Anthony Mosley Jr. chipped in with 11 points and 10 assists on the night.
MSOE led for the last time when Seubert hit a jumper to make it 26-23 with 2:05 remaining in the first half. From that point, the Raiders went cold, missing their next seven shots and 9-of-10 as the Scarlet Hawks went on a 17-2 run to open a game-high 12-point advantage at 40-28 at the 16:48 mark of the second half.
Seubert quickly responded with a three-pointer seconds later to get his team on track and battling for the comeback. Miles followed with a jumper and junior Greg Pigg drained a three to make it just a four-point game at 40-36 at the 14:53 mark.
The deficit loomed between one and two possessions for the next 10 minutes before Seubert and sophomore Max Wojcik hit back-to-back jumpers to make it a 51-50 game with 5:31 to play. Illinois Tech would respond with three-straight baskets to make it 57-50 with 2:39 remaining. Seubert followed with a jumper and Miles another with 48 seconds on the clock to make it a 57-54 game.
Back-to-back IIT fouls gave MSOE the last chance at a tie, but Seubert's three-point attempt with two seconds remaining was off the mark and IIT escaped with the win.
The difference appeared to be free throws as the rest of the box score shows two teams that were nearly matched. The Scarlet Hawks got to the line 15 times and made 10, compared to just 4-for-8 for the Raiders. MSOE shot 38.7 from the field to IIT's 39.7 and held a slight 38-37 rebounding advantage. Turnovers were also close, with the home team committing just one less, 13-12.
The Raiders get back on the court Tuesday, hosting No. 14 Benedictine at the Kern Center.