Warriors Surge Late to Down Tigers

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The 20th-ranked Indiana Tech men’s basketball team used a balanced scoring effort and some defensive prowess to take down Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 91-72, on Saturday afternoon at the Schaefer Center.

Miles Robinson led all scorers with 28 points on 9-13 shooting while dishing out nine assists. CJ Bussey came off the bench to score 18 points and went 4-6 from behind the three-point line in his season debut. The inside duo of Lavonte Davis and Scott Schwieterman chipped in a combined 25 points with the latter pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds for the double-double. Stuart Jackson rounded out the double-digit scorers for Tech with 10 points.

The Tigers would push the Warriors early as they took a 20-12 lead in the first eight minutes of the contest but the Orange and Black would come back to take a 23-22 lead with 7:15 to go in the opening half. ONU would retake the lead two possession later on a Nic Reed layup but back-to-back three-pointers from Robinson and Bussey would give the hosts a five point lead and cause the visitors to take a timeout. Tech would close the half on an 11-7 run to take a 40-33 lead into the intermission.

The Tigers would cut the gap to five points multiple times in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, but the Warriors would ride the hot-shooting trio of Robinson, Schwieterman and Bussey, who combined for 35 of the team’s 51 points in the final 20 minutes of the game and went 13-16 from the field as the Orange and Black would grow the lead to 21 with 4:07 to go as Tech defeated its second consecutive Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe.

Tech (3-1) opens Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) play on Wednesday when they travel to Madonna. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. from the Activities Center.