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Men’s Basketball Finishes Strong to Down WLC

Men’s Basketball Finishes Strong to Down WLC

MILWAUKEE – A late 15-2 run keyed the MSOE men's basketball team's 70-58 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon at the Kern Center.

Despite never trailing, or being tied, in the game, the Raiders (16-9, 14-6 NACC) needed a late run to get some distance as the Warriors (8-17, 7-13 NACC) pulled within one point on multiple occasions late.

Senior Tegan Miles shot 8-of-10 from the field for a team-high 18 points on Senior Day. He added six rebounds and got the game off to a rousing start with a blocked shot on the first field goal attempt of the day.

Sophomore Jake Gebert finished with 14 points and nine rebounds while junior Jason Palesse tallied eight points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists.

Collin Kennedy led Wisconsin Lutheran with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Chase Nowak chipped in 11 points.

MSOE led by as many as 10 points in the first half but saw each sizable lead countered by a WLC run to keep it close. The Warriors halved that lead by halftime and trailed 34-29 at the break.

In the second half, the Raiders built their lead back up to nine points at 44-35 only to see the visitors continually pull close. WLC pulled within one point for the first time, 45-44, at the 10:44 mark of the second half. Each time the Red & White hit a bucket over the next few minutes, the Warriors answered.

Kennedy made it 49-48 on a jumper with 7:09 to play when MSOE gained some traction and forced some breathing room. Sophomore Travis Ballard scored five-straight points to start a decisive 15-2 run in which the Raiders did not allow a made field goal for 5:10. After a couple of WLC free throws, MSOE scored the next nine points of the game to open a 64-50 lead on a free throw by freshman Bailey McDaniels with 2:10 remaining.

Gebert then clinched the game with four free throws in the final minute of the game.

The Raiders shot 48.1 percent in the game despite a 4-for-19 clip from three-point range. They got to the free throw line 23 times, making 14, and held a commanding 43-31 rebounding advantage. Wisconsin Lutheran shot 34.5 percent in the game, making just 3-of-20 three-point tries, and shot an efficient 15-for-19 at the charity stripe.

MSOE returns to the floor Tuesday night as the No. 3 seed in the NACC Tournament First Round against the yet-to-be determined No. 6 seed.