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Men's Basketball Soars Past Stars for 80-70 Win

Men's Basketball Soars Past Stars for 80-70 Win

MILWAUKEE – Four players in double-figures and 60 percent shooting was the key for the MSOE men's basketball team in defeating Dominican 80-70 Saturday afternoon at the Kern Center.

The Raiders (2-1, 2-0 NACC) never trailed for the second-straight game and withheld a late charge by the Stars (1-2, 0-1 NACC) to score a second-straight win.

Senior Tegan Miles had another efficient game in the post, scoring a team-high 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and a 4-for-4 clip at the free throw line. Junior Jason Palesse led three players with 13 points each, dishing out nine assists and grabbing six rebounds.

Sophomore Matthew Kirmse hit four first-half three's on his way to 13 points and freshman Sammy Linn tallied his 13 off the bench.

Tim Robertson led Dominican with 16 points. Jonny Woolf had 11 points and Antonio Amoah finished with 10. Three other players scored nine points each.

MSOE shot 72.4 percent in the first half to take a 50-39 lead into halftime. Then, it extended that lead to as many as 21 points in the second half. Trailing 70-49, the Stars came to life and rattled off 13-straight points to pull within 70-62.

That was as close as the visitors would get, as Linn ended the run with a pair of free throws and senior Nolan Henton hit a late three-pointer to hold off any more comeback attempts.

The Raiders came out of the gates firing, scoring the first seven points of the game and making eight of their first 10 field goals. They broke open a 16-9 lead with a 13-3 run to open a 26-12 lead on a Kirmse three-pointer and-1 midway through the first half.

The Stars whittled away at the deficit and pulled with one point at 35-34 by the 4:16 mark. They were unable to overtake the Red & White, which pulled away heading into halftime with an 11-3 run to end the half.

MSOE cooled off a bit in the second and finished the game shooting an even 60 percent from the field. The team hit on 8-of-14 from three-point range and 10-for-14 at the free throw line. Dominican shot 45.6 percent in the game, though just 7-of-28 from beyond the arc.

The Raiders hit the road for the first time this season when they return to the floor Tuesday at Marian.