GALESBURG, Illinois - The MSOE men's basketball team shot almost 58 percent in the second half to break open a two-point game at halftime and roll to a 79-60 victory over Knox Saturday afternoon.
The Raiders (3-0) led 33-31 at halftime before pulling away from the Prairie Fire (1-3) out of the gates in the second half.
Jordan Rayner was one of two double-digit scorers off the bench for Knox with 14 points. Malcom Bray had 11.
Out of the intermission, Ballard got the offense started with the first four points of the half. MSOE gradually pulled away to open an 11-point advantage near the midway point.
Knox hit a layup at the 11:12 mark to make it 54-45. That is when the Red & White rattled off a back-breaking 18-4 run. Sophomore Josh Herzog concerted a three-point play at the 5:55 mark to open a game-high 23-point lead at 72-49.
The Raiders finished the game just under 50 percent shooting at 49.2 percent. They hit on 8-of-17 from beyond the arc (.471) and had a 22-to-12 assist-to-turnover ratio in the game.
While the Red & White heated up after halftime, Knox was held to 32.1 percent shooting after the break to finish at 33.9 overall.
MSOE returns to the court Sunday at Monmouth. The game, originally scheduled for 3 p.m., will now top off at 1 p.m.