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Men’s Basketball Edged By CUW, 72-68

Men’s Basketball Edged By CUW, 72-68

MILWAUKEE – The MSOE men's basketball team shot just over 32 percent in the second half and could not hold off a charge by Concordia Wisconsin in falling 72-68 Thursday evening at the Kern Center.

The Raiders (5-3, 5-2 NACC) led by as many as 11 in the game and held a seven-point advantage at halftime before the Falcons (4-5, 3-3 NACC) shot 64 percent in the second half to score the victory.

Junior Jason Palesse led MSOE with 18 points, adding eight rebounds. Sophomore Matthew Kirmse scored 18 points and freshman Sammy Linn contributed 13 points off the bench.

Four players scored in double-digits for CUW, led by Josh Hau's 19 points. Olekan George scored 12 and Jordan Johnson 11 off the bench. Andrew Fratzke added 10.

Palesse hit a layup with 9:44 remaining to give the Red & White a 56-51 advantage before the home team went cold. The Raiders missed their next nine shots over a span of 8:04 to allow Concordia to go on a 16-5 and take the lead for good at 67-61.

Linn ended the cold spell with a layup in the final minute and make it a four-point game at 67-63. After trading scoring possessions, Palesse then hit a three-pointer with 18 seconds to go to make it 70-68. Unfortunately, Hau made a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession and two MSOE three-point tries were off the mark in the final seconds.

MSOE finished the game shooting 38.7 percent, hitting on just 8-of-28 from three-point range. The Falcons finished the game shooting 51.9 percent thanks to 42 points in the paint on the night.

The game started with sizable runs going each way, as the Red & White scored the first six points and CUW countered with 12-straight points. The Raiders then scored the next 10 points as part of a larger 21-4 run to open a game-high lead at 27-16.

MSOE now embarks on a run of five-straight games away from home, starting Tuesday at Carroll.