AURORA, Illinois – Senior Collin Seubert scored a career-high 36 points with eight 3-pointers, but it was not enough as the MSOE men's basketball team fell short at Aurora 90-81 Saturday afternoon on Lancaster Court.
The Raiders (8-11, 7-8 NACC) shot 54.2 percent in the game and buried 11 three-pointers, but could not keep up with the high-scoring Spartan (14-7, 12-4 NACC) offense.
Seubert went 14-of-21 from the field and hit on 8-of-12 from beyond the arc to reach 35 points for the second time this season and surpass 20 in a game for the fourth-straight contest. His eight treys are tied for the fifth-most in a game in school history and the most by a Raider since Austin Stueck made 10 on this floor in the NACC Tournament Semifinals last February.
The 36 points also put Seubert on the verge of 1,000 points, raising his career point total to 996. He will look to become the 15th member of the program's 1,000-point club when the team is in action next Monday, hosting Marian.
Sophomore Jason Palesse also posted a career-high, shooting 8-of-10 from the field on his way to 18 points.
Five different players scored in double-figures for Aurora, led by Marcus Myers' 21 points. Ty Carlson and Jordan Lagrone had 16 points each, while Matt Dunn chipped in 11 and Pat Kramp 10.
The game got off to a quick start, but neither team was able to pull away. The entire first half was played with the teams within three points the entire 20 minutes. The Raiders trailed 48-46 at halftime, but came out firing with the first eight points of the second half to take a 54-48 lead.
The lead peak moments later on a Palesse layup to make it 56-49. Then, the Spartans got on track with a 15-3 run to open a 64-59 lead at 9:44 on the second of back-to-back three-pointers. MSOE later pulled within 66-63 when a 12-0 AU run put the game out of reach.
Freshman Luke Nelson and Seubert hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final minute to make it an 87-81 game, but that's as close as the team would get.
The Raiders' typically methodical style did not stop them from keeping up with the Spartans for the most part. In addition to shooting nearly 55 percent from the field, the Red & White also went 11-for-20 from three-point range. As Aurora was 54.4 percent from the field and 12-for-25 from deep, the biggest discrepancy came at the free throw line, where AU was 16-of-20 compared to just 6-of-7 for MSOE.