Indiana Tech sweeps Tuesday night double header

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The No. 10-ranked Indiana Tech women’s basketball team won its fifth straight game on Tuesday evening as they defeated Great Lakes Christian College, 101-46, in nonconference action at the Schaefer Center.

Keanna Gary led all scorers with 25 points and 12 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season while Kendall Knapke had 18 points and seven rebounds. Haley Cook and Baylee Rinehart each chipped in 11 points with the former dishing out four assists. Bella Lozano-Dobbs had six assists and two steals while Rachel Bell added four points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The Crusaders would take their only lead of the night on their first possession, and the second of the game, on a three-pointer from Brianna Mayes to up 3-1 at the 9:34 mark, but a triple from Knapke would spark a 7-0 for Tech as they went ahead 8-5 and never looked back. Knapke would also sink a pair of free throws to kick-start a 12-2 run to end the quarter for the hosts as they led 22-9 after 10 minutes of action.

The Warriors would continue their offensive showcase in the second quarter as connected on 10-19 shots from the field, with Knapke and Gary each scoring eight points, while they limited the visitors to just 12 points in the quarter to take a 47-21 lead in the locker room at the half.

The Orange and Black would open the third on a 26-6 run to further themselves from the Crusaders and put the game out of reach as they reached the century mark for the third time this season in the 101-46 victory.

Tech (14-2) will return to action on December 31 as they start a three-game road trip with a visit to West Virginia University Institute of Technology to wrap up their nonconference slate. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. from the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The No. 6-ranked Indiana Tech men’s basketball team won its fifth straight game on Tuesday evening at the Schaefer Center as they defeated East-West University, 118-72, in nonconference action.

Scott Schwieterman and Max Huber each scored a team-best 18 points as the Warriors had eight players reach double-digit scoring totals while all 10 players dressed for Tech scored. Huber chipped in eight rebounds and four assists while Nic Williams added 13 points. Edmond Early, Jr. had 12 points and 10 assists for his first career double-double while Ryan Morey notched a career-high 12 points. Mitch Morken, Darren Groves and Joel Wincowski rounded out the double-digit scorers for Tech with 11, 10 and 10 points, respectively, with Groves adding nine rebounds and six assists.

The Phantoms would get out to an 8-2 lead over the Warriors in the first two minutes of the ball game, but the Orange and Black would respond with an 18-8 run over the next five minutes to take a 20-16 lead at the 13 minute mark of the first half. A three-pointer from Morken would spark an 18-2 run for the hosts at the 10:17 mark as they grew their lead to 21 with 6:15 left in the first half.

The visitors would be unable to cut the deficit to under 20 before the half as the Warriors took a 56-34 lead into the locker room at the break, shooting 70% from the field as a team and hitting 6-7 shots from behind the three-point line.

The good shooting for the Warriors would continue into the second half as they extended their lead to 35 points with 13:25 left on the clock. East-West would try to get back in the game with small runs, but Tech would use a 17-3 run to make it a 95-51 game with 7:44 left in the contest as they cruised to the 118-72 win. The hosts would finish the game with a 65.7 shooting percentage from the floor and went 13-19 (68.4%) from downtown.

Tech (13-2) returns to action on Friday, December 29, as they host No. 4-ranked Indiana Wesleyan in a top-10 showdown. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. from the Schaefer Center.