MILWAUKEE – Junior Matthew Kirmse scored 35 points and four more players reached double-figures in scoring in the MSOE men's basketball team's 110-85 victory over Concordia Chicago Saturday afternoon at Hotchkin Arena.
The Raiders (14-2, 10-2 NACC) topped 100 points for the third time this season and pulled away from the Cougars (4-12, 4-9 NACC) in a game that was separated by single digits midway through the second half.
Kirmse shot 10-of-18 from the field, hitting on 5-of-12 three-point attempts, and finishing 10-for-11 at the free throw line. It was a season-high point total and his third 30-point game this season.
Senior Jason Palesse and freshman Michael Pitrof scored 13 points each with Palesse adding 12 assists, the sixth-most in a game in team history. Pitrof pulled down a team-best eight rebounds in his first collegiate start. Junior Travis Ballard and sophomore Josh Herzog rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points each.
Hassan Basbous led CUC with 24 points and Jalen Meeks added 23. The Red & White defense limited the league's leading scorer in Mitch Pelissier (22.2 ppg) to 14 points while Landen Gladney had 11 points and 10 rebounds, over six points below his scoring average.
The opening moments of the game were back-and-forth before MSOE seized control of the game with a 13-4 run in the first half, expanding a 21-19 lead to 11 at 34-23. The lead peaked at 17 several times in the opening frame before settling in at 55-42 at halftime.
Coming out of the break, CUC scored first but the Raiders responded with nine-straight points to lead by 20 for the first time at 64-44.
The Cougars threatened to make it a game again with the next 11 points to pull to within single-digits at 64-55. The teams traded baskets before the Red & White started to pull away. The score was with nine at 73-64 when MSOE scored six-straight points to get rolling and continued to pile on. A 12-4 run shot the Raiders past 100 points for a 102-78 lead. The advantage then peaked at 28 points in the closing seconds.
MSOE had an extremely efficient game, dishing out 27 assists against just nine turnovers. They also shot 52.8 percent for the game, including an 11-for-25 clip from three-point range. The Red & White made 23-of-31 free throw attempts.
Concordia shot 39.7 percent in the game, 7-for-19 from beyond the arc, and went to the free throw line 28 times with 20 made.
The 110 points are tied for the ninth-most in school history while the 27 assists are tied for fourth. MSOE also blocked eight shots, three each by Ballard and sophomore Dylan Hamlin, a figure that is tied for eighth. The team has also scored 108 points at Rockford Nov. 27 and 116 at Aurora Dec. 15.
The Raiders return to the floor Wednesday, hosting Rockford.