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Men’s Basketball Slips Past Illinois Tech 65-59

Men’s Basketball Slips Past Illinois Tech 65-59

MILWAUKEE – The MSOE men's basketball team held Illinois Tech scoreless for nearly eight minutes in the second half to overtake the visitors and score a 65-59 victory Wednesday night at the Kern Center.

The Raiders (15-9) were caught playing behind the Scarlet Hawks (17-7) early in the second half but scored eight-straight points during an extended defensive stand to take control of the game.

Junior Jason Palesse and sophomore Matthew Kirmse scored 13 points each to lead the team. Sophomores Travis Ballard and Jake Gebert added seven points each off the bench.

Jake Bruns hit six 3-pointers for a game-high 18 points for IIT. Max Hisatake posted a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds while Anthony Mosley Jr. scored 11 points.

After an exciting first half, which featured 11 lead changes, MSOE took a 36-35 lead into halftime as Palesse beat the buzzer with a layup. The Scarlet Hawks then scored the first four points of the second half to play from ahead for a spell.

After a Hisatake jumper gave the visitors a 47-44 advantage at the 13:33 mark before the Raiders scored the game's next eight points. Palesse hit the go-ahead basket at the 11:52 mark for the second and final lead change of the second half.

Illinois Tech ended a 7:45 drought at the 5:48 mark with a basket to make it 52-49 but Ballard answered with a jumper and Gebert hit two free throws to open a seven-point lead at 56-49 with just over four minutes remaining.

Sophomore Gabe Wear and Kirmse hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final minutes and freshman Bailey McDaniel converted two free throws with 11 seconds remaining to clinch the game.

MSOE shot 47.4 from the field, including 5-of-15 from three-point range, but sealed the game at the free throw line. The Red & White got to the charity stripe 21 times, making 16 (.762), compared to just a 1-for-1 night for the visitors. IIT shot 49 percent in the game, hitting on 8-of-15 from beyond the arc behind Bruns' hot shooting.

The Raiders close out the regular season Saturday, hosting Wisconsin Lutheran at the Kern Center.