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Indiana Tech holds off Concordia for WHAC win

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Cannon scores career high in victory

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:21 am

Concordia University came into its Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference men's basketball game at Indiana Tech with just three victories, but it played much tougher than that before falling to the Warriors 72-62.

Indiana Tech senior guard Antonio Cannon matched his career-high with 20 points, scoring 15 in the second half to lead the Warriors to their fifth straight win.

Concordia (3-7, 2-3 WHAC) led 8-5 at the 16-minute mark, but a 14-0 run by the Warriors (10-2, 4-1 WHAC) would give them a comfortable lead.

Warrior forward Antonio Landers scored two of his 14 points with 8:24 remaining in the first half to give the Warriors a 27-14 lead, before the Cardinals began to chip away at their deficit. Concordia ended the period on a 14-5 run to trim Indiana Tech's advantage to 32-28 at the break.

The Warriors quickly pushed their lead to nine early in the second stanza, but Concordia would keep the game within striking distance.

A three-pointer from Cannon midway through the half put Tech up 55-47, but eight unanswered points by the Cardinals tied the score with just under six minutes to play.

Concordia would keep the score close for the next few minutes, but with the Warriors clinging to a three-point edge, Jordan Hickman found Henry Sidney, who buried a huge triple from the corner at the 2:09 mark to go up 64-58.

Indiana Tech's defense took over from there, coming up with a couple key stops down the stretch and the Warriors would knock down their free throws to seal the win.

The Warriors, who own the nation's No. 1 defense against the three-point shot, held one of the WHAC's top three-point shooting teams to a season-low 22 percent from behind the arc. Indiana Tech also held a 37-33 advantage on the glass.

Cannon added eight rebounds to his 20 points, while Hickman finished with 16 points, six boards, and four assists.

Landers recorded his first double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The Warriors will travel to Siena Heights on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.