ROCKFORD, Illinois – Sophomore Gabe Wear scored a career-best 22 points and senior Tegan Miles posted a double-double in the MSOE men's basketball team's 85-77 loss to Rockford Saturday afternoon at the Seaver Center.
Despite the loss, the Raiders (14-9, 13-6 NACC) clinched a top-three seed in the NACC Tournament while the Regents (11-12, 9-9 NACC) remained in the hunt for a tourney position just a game out of sixth.
Wear set a career-high for points for the second time in four games, shooting 8-of-13 from the field and hitting on four 3-points. Miles scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the game. Sophomore Jake Gebert added 15 points off the bench.
Four players scored in double-figures for Rockford, led by the Diemer brothers. Kevin scored 25 and Tony had 24. Trae Blumhorst finished with 13 points and 11 assists while Brandon Emerick chipped in 13 points of his own.
The first half was back and forth with MSOE leading by as much as eight points and the Regents owning a six-point advantage at another point. At the end, though, the teams went into halftime tied at 36-36.
Rockford seemed to seize the momentum in the second half, playing from ahead in a tight opening nine minutes. Wear buried a three-pointer at the 10:42 mark of the period to pull the Red & White within 53-51. The home team then responded with the game's next seven points and never looked back. The Regents' lead reached 10 points with just over five minutes to play and the Raiders could get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
MSOE shot 43.8 percent from the field, including 9-for-24 from beyond the arc. The team dominated the boards, 40-26 with 16 offensive rebounds, but had to overcome a 21-12 discrepancy in turnovers. RU hit on 20-of-30 shots in the second half to take control of the game, finishing with a healthy 54.8 field goal percentage on the day despite just 6-of-19 shooting from three-point range.
The Raiders return to the floor Wednesday, hosting future NACC rival Illinois Tech at the Kern Center. They then close out the regular season Saturday against Wisconsin Lutheran.