MILWAUKEE – Senior Tegan Miles scored a game-high 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting to lead the MSOE men's basketball team to an 84-64 victory over Lakeland Tuesday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (1-1, 1-0 NACC) never trailed the Muskies (2-1, 0-1 NACC) on the night in opening league play with the win.
MSOE finished with 54 points in the paint, led by Miles' big night. Junior Jason Palesse scored 17 points to go with seven boards while four more players tallied seven or eight points each.
Carlos Camps led Lakeland with 23 points. Shakur Jinad had 17 and Zach Hasenstein 12 in the game.
The Raiders shot just under 50 percent and dominated the boards with a 25-12 rebounding advantage in taking an 18-point lead at halftime. The Red & White never trailed and steadily pulled away midway through the half.
Lakeland had pulled within one at 10-9 just over five minutes into the game when the Raiders scored the next four points. After a Muskie basket, it was a 12-4 run that opened a 26-15 advantage with 7:13 remaining.
Then, over the final four minutes of the half, MSOE rattled off a 12-3 run to pull away at 44-26 at the intermission.
Lakeland would attempt to battle within nine points twice in the second half, the last time at the 11:32 mark, but the Raiders quickly re-established a double-digit lead and never looked back. The game was within 60-50 with six minutes to play before the Red & White finished strong again with a 14-4 run to end the game.
MSOE shot over 53 percent in the second half to finish the game at 50.7 percent despite just 2-for-13 from three-point range. In addition to a 54-20 advantage on points in the paint, the Raiders also controlled the boards with a decisive 41-29 rebounding advantage.
Lakeland shot 37.5 percent from the field and found long distance attempts just as difficult as the home team, making just 3-of-19. The visitors also committed 18 turnovers, leading to 22 points for MSOE.
Both teams shot exceptionally well at the free throw line, missing just one attempt each. LU went 19-for-20 and the Red & White 12-for-13.
The Raiders return to the court Saturday, hosting Dominican at 2 p.m.