FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech men’s basketball team had four players score in double-figures in a 114-27 win over the University of Akron-Wayne at the Schaefer Center on Saturday. The 87-point margin of victory is the second largest win in school history behind a 94-point drubbing of Wright State in the 1993-94 season.
The Warriors of Indiana Tech (3-6) led from wire-to-wire, opening the contest on an 11-1 run with eight of those 11 points coming from Franklin Lindsey and Chester McFadden. A basket by the Warriors of Akron-Wayne (0-8) cut the lead to eight, but a 10-0 run from Tech, capped by a three-pointer by 6-11 forward Milos Milidragovic, pushed the lead to 18 and never got back to single-digits. The Orange and Black outscored their opponent 43-11 the rest of the half to take a 64-14 advantage into the locker room.
Tech had yet to break 69 points this season and did so on their third basket of the second half, a dunk from Lavonte Davis, which pushed the lead to 53. The defense shut down Akron-Wayne over the next 10 minutes, going on a 27-0 run to make it 97-18 with 7:40 to play. The visitors scored four of the final six points for the final margin, 114-27.
The Warriors couldn’t miss from behind the arc, finishing 18-for-37 (48.6%) which are both the highest marks for makes and attempts in the last 11 years. The Orange and Black also shot 60.3 percent (44-for-73) from the field and were 8-of-9 (88.9%) from the free throw line. Tech also totaled 51 rebounds which is the most since recording 55 against Michigan-Dearborn in 2012.
The defense completely shut down the Wayne offense, holding them to 17 percent (8-for-47) shooting and a 3-for-20 (15%) mark from long range.
McFadden led the offense with a career-high 30 points while also collecting six of the Warriors 26 assists, which is the most by Tech since tallying 27 against UM-Dearborn in 2010. Jared Bloom also set a career-high with 24 points while Jeremy Wohltman and Davis each tallied 12. Davis recorded his first double-double as he collected 10 boards with Franklin Lindsey adding nine.
Tech will hit the road and return to Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play when they return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 3 against Marygrove in Detroit, Mich. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with live coverage available at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/marygrove/.