FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech men's basketball team knocked off No. 9-ranked Madonna University, 82-67, on Wednesday evening in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) play inside the Schaefer Center.
Josh Kline had a team-high 15 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists while Cory McKinney had 14 points and eight assists. Max Huber notched his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds and added four steals. Mitch Morken and Jeremy Davison each had 12 points with the former grabbing five rebounds. The Warriors shot a blistering 54.5% from the floor and 55% from three-point range while holding the Crusaders to just 41.1% and 38.5%, respectively. Madonna's Dwight Burton had a game-high 24 points.
The Crusaders got out to a quick 5-0 lead thanks to a triple from Burton and a dunk by Mark Mettie, but Tech counted with six quick points thanks to the inside play of Kline and Lucas Lehrman to go up 6-5 at the 17:28 mark. The two teams traded punches over the 10 minutes, with neither side able to get ahead by more than a single possession. Knotted up at 22 with 6:54 remaining in the first half, a jumper from Davison started an 8-0 run for Tech. Madonna stopped a 4:06 scoring drought with a free throw from Burton with 2:48 on the clock, but the Warriors carried the momentum into the locker room with a 39-30 lead over the preseason favorite to win the WHAC regular season title.
Tech continued their strong play to open up the second half with an 11-3 run over the first four minutes of the period to build their lead up to 51-33. A triple from Dilyn Good made it a 20-point game with 13:20 to play and a 58-38 score line on the Schaefer Center scoreboard. Back-to-back triples from Good and Davison extended Tech's lead to 65-41 with 10:36 to play and forcing the visitors to call a timeout. Jeremy Luciani capped the 9-0 run with another three-pointer to make it a 27-point lead and 9:26 on the clock, and while Madonna came right back with an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 19, the Warriors never let the Crusaders get close enough to grab any sort of hope down the stretch as they closed out the win with an 82-67 line.
Tech (4-7, 3-2 WHAC) returns to action on Saturday as they travel to Siena Heights University for a conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. from the SHU Fieldhouse.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The No. 7-ranked Indiana Tech women's basketball team extended its winning streak to eight games Wednesday evening as they defeated Madonna University 82-62 in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) action inside the Schaefer Center.
Alexis Hill notched her third double-double of the season with game-highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kyra Whitaker and DeAnn Kauffman each had 14 points and four rebounds, with the former dishing out three assists and the latter picking up two steals. Erika Foy had 12 points and six rebounds off the bench while Rachel Bell flirted with a triple-double of nine points, eight rebounds and 11 assists.
The Warriors, coming off an eight-day layoff, found themselves trailing 8-4 just three and a half minutes into the contest. A triple from Whitaker sparked a 9-2 spurt to put them on top 15-12 with 3:42 to play in the first quarter. Tech held the Crusaders scoreless for the final 2:12 of the period and extended their lead to 23-18 at intermission.
The Warriors began to assert themselves in the second following a 13-3 run that pushed the lead to 38-23 at the 3:56 mark of the quarter. Madonna cut the deficit back down to 10 points with 2:15 to play until the half, but the hosts wouldn't let the lead get any smaller as they held the visitor scoreless after that to take a 42-30 lead into the locker room.
The offense continued to improve into the third quarter as a 14-5 run from the Warriors, with all 14 points coming from Kauffman and Hill, extending Tech's advantage to 65-42 at the end of 30 minutes of action. The Orange and Black never looked back after that as they pushed their lead up to 28 points in the final quarter to improve to 4-0 on their home court.
Tech (8-1, 5-0 WHAC) returns to action Saturday, December 7 as they travel to No. 22-ranked Siena Heights University. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. from the SHU Fieldhouse.