RIVER FOREST, Illinois – Four players scored in double-figures and the MSOE men's basketball team overcame an early 12-point deficit to run past Concordia Chicago in the second half of an 81-75 victory Tuesday evening at Geiseman Gymnasium.
The Raiders (14-8, 13-5 NACC) outscored the Cougars (2-20, 1-16 NACC) 45-31 on 63-percent shooting in the second half to overtake the home team and rally for the victory.
Senior Tegan Miles led the way with 17 points, six rebounds, and two blocks. Sophomore Matthew Kirmse hit on four 3-pointers on his way to 16 points. Sophomore Travis Ballard tallied 15 points and freshman Bailey McDaniel added 10 points and six rebounds each off the bench.
Mitch Pelissier led CUC with 19 points while Jonathan Wilson and Henry Woo each scored 17.
Concordia gradually shot its way to a 12-point lead after nearly 17 minutes of action at 39-27 with 3:03 remaining before halftime. The deficit was 42-31 with 1:39 remaining in the first half when MSOE got to work.
Over the next 6:43 of game time, the Raiders went on a 21-7 run to surpass CUC and open a 52-49 lead on back-to-back Ballard baskets at the 14:56 mark of the second half. Though the Red & White did not relinquish their lead, the score remained close until the final minutes when the team held the Cougars without a field goal for a span of 3:44 leading into the closing seconds of regulation.
A tidy 7-2 run was all MSOE needed to expand its 73-70 lead to 81-72 and secure the victory,
The Raiders shot 17-for-27 from the field in the second half on their way to 49.1 percent shooting for the night. They hit on just 5-of-20 from three-point range but reached the free throw line 33 times, converting 22.
Defensively, MSOE rebounded from allowing CUC a 54.5 percent shooting clip in the first 20 minutes, with 5-of-10 on threes, to limit the Cougars to just 29 percent shooting in the second half. They finished at 42.2 percent for the night.
The Raiders return to Illinois their next time out, playing at Rockford on Saturday.