Saint Francis wins crosstown NAIA Top-20 matchup between Indiana Tech

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The No. 20th-ranked Indiana Tech men’s basketball team fall to top-ranked and crosstown rival Saint Francis, 87-68, on Saturday afternoon in a nonconference matchup at the Schaefer Center.

Miles Robinson led all scorers with 22 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists. Scott Schwieterman chipped in 14 points and six rebounds while Lavonte Davis added 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. CJ Bussey added 12 points off the bench while Tanner Watkins chipped in eight points.

The Cougars took the early lead with the first basket of the game, but the Warriors stormed back with a 9-2 run, including a thunderous slam dunk by Davis to cap the run with two minutes gone in the game. Saint Francis though, would respond with a 13-3 spurt to retake the lead.

USF would grow their lead to as much as nine in the first half, but the Orange and Black would slowly chip away at the deficit and get to within a point twice in the final three and a half minutes of the half, but the visitors used a quick 5-0 spurt to take a 45-39 lead into halftime.

Robinson would open the second half with a three-pointer to cut the deficit in half, but the number one team in the country responded with a 16-6 run to extend their lead to 61-48 with 14:13 left in the game.

Tech would continue to fight for the rest of the half, but couldn’t cut the lead to single digits as they would shoot just 29% from the field and went just 1-10 from behind the three-point line as the Cougars sent their crosstown foes to their second consecutive loss.

Tech (5-3) returns to Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) action on Wednesday as they start a three-game homestand by hosting Marygrove. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. from the Schaefer Center.