Men’s Basketball Misses Opportunity for Title Clinch at CUW

Men’s Basketball Misses Opportunity for Title Clinch at CUW

MEQUON, Wisconsin – In a matchup of the top two teams in the NACC standings, the MSOE men's basketball team fell to Concordia Wisconsin 91-79 Saturday afternoon at Buuck Fieldhouse.

The Raiders (19-4, 14-4 NACC) were hoping to clinch at least a share of the league's regular season title with a win but were forced to settle for a season split with the Falcons (15-7, 13-4). MSOE has a game in hand heading into the final week of the season.

Junior Matthew Kirmse led the team with 25 points, hitting on 5-of-12 from three-point range and all six free throws. He surpassed 200 career three-pointers in the game and, with 204, is now 16 back of the school record (220).

Sophomore Bailey McDaniel scored 12 points off the bench and junior Travis Ballard finished with nine points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

All five starters scored in double-figures, led by Jake Jurss' 22 points. Jordan Johnson and Jared Jurss had 18 points each while Josh Hau had 17. Andrew Fratzke rounded out the group with 14 points.

The Raiders jumped ahead early, breaking a 16-16 tie with an 11-2 run to open their largest lead at 27-18. Unfortunately, the Falcons answered with a 19-2 run that thrust the home team into the lead for good at 37-29. The Red & White was able to pull within 39-36 in opening minute of the second half but would get no closer than five the remainder of the game with Concordia holding steady with a double-digit lead late.

MSOE shot 39.1 percent from the field in the game, including a 10-for-28 effort from three-point range. The team did go 19-for-21 at the free throw line. The Falcons finished the game at 49.2 from the field with 7-for-21 coming from beyond the arc. They also had a prosperous day at the free throw line with a 24-for-28 effort.

The Raiders return to the floor Tuesday at Dominican.