MILWAUKEE – The MSOE men's basketball team built a 27-point halftime lead and never looked back in defeating Concordia Chicago 78-63 Tuesday night at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (9-5, 8-2 NACC) were able to jump out early on the Cougars (1-12, 0-9 NACC) before one of the team's top-scoring teams (80.4 points per game) was able to get into a rhythm.
When that came in the second half, it was too late.
Sophomore Travis Ballard led the Red & White with 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while sophomore Matthew Kirmse was the team's only other double-digit scorer with 11. Junior Jason Palesse and freshman Bailey McDaniel had nine points each and senior Tegan Miles chipped in eight.
Sheldon Moore scored 18 points in the second half for Concordia Chicago after not playing before halftime. Jonathan Wilson added 11 points.
MSOE broke open a tight game early with a 28-5 run that spanned a nine-minute span. The team led 8-6 5:13 into the game when it then rattled off seven-straight points to get started. A 12-point run made it 35-11 at the 5:34 mark. The lead would continue to build heading into halftime, reaching 27 points at the intermission and a game-high 30 points on a Kirmse three-pointer to open the second half.
The Raiders shot 56.3 percent in the opening half, compared to just 21.9 percent by the visitors.
CUC battled back in the second half, finding its offensive stroke. The team shot 51.4 percent in the half and hit on six 3-pointers to pull as close as 14 down the stretch.
MSOE shot a robust 55.2 percent on the night, thanks to 48 points in the paint. The team took just 10 three-pointers, making four. The Cougars finished at 37.7 percent for the night, going 8-of-24 from beyond the arc.
The Raiders return to the court Saturday at Dominican.