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.
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.
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.