MILWAUKEE – The MSOE men's basketball team made 14 three-pointers and held one of the nation's highest-scoring teams 20 points below its season average in handing Aurora a 77-71 loss Saturday afternoon at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (6-6, 5-3 NACC) shot 50 percent in the game while holding the Spartans' (7-4, 5-2 NACC) to their lowest scoring output of the season.
Three players scored in double-figures for MSOE in a balanced scoring effort in which five more players chipped in at least seven points each. Senior Alex Darville led the way with 15 points off the bench, hitting on 4-of-5 from three-point range and coming up with three steals.
Marcus Myers led Aurora with 23 points. Ty Carlson had 12 points and 11 rebounds with Max Vicker ending with 11 points and nine boards.
After a rough patch in which the visitors were able to take an 11-point lead on two occasions in the first half, the Raiders came into their own and caught fire using a 25-6 run, including 16-straight points at the end, to take control of the game and lead for much of the second half.
Aurora had led 35-24 with 4:20 to go in the first half before MSOE rattled off a 17-6 run to end the frame and go into the break tied at 41-41. The Red & White then came out and scored the first eight points of the second half to open a 51-43 lead.
The Spartans did not go away and nipped at the Raiders' heels for much of the remaining minutes, eventually taking a 68-66 lead with just over five minutes to play. The score held for nearly two minutes when Darville drained a three to start a 7-0 run to re-take control of the game and seize the momentum.
AU was limited to just one field goal over the final five minutes of the game as MSOE closed out their fourth-straight win with an 11-3 to end the game.
Aurora entered the day averaging 91.6 points and 13 made three's per game but was held in check to the tune of just 71 points and five made three-pointers. It was the first time this season AU did not reach double-digits in three's.The Raiders finished an even 27-of-54 from the field, including 14-of-27 (.519) from three-point range. They also posted a 17-to-12 assist-to-turnover ratio.
MSOE has won five of its last six games and will look to continue that run Tuesday, hosting Marian.