A strong second half performance at the University of Northwestern Ohio on Saturday, coupled with a Davenport University loss, moved the 20th-ranked Indiana Tech men’s basketball team into a first place tie atop the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference standings.
The Warriors (14-3, 7-2 WHAC) erupted for 44 second half points to prevail 68-64 over the Racers, who entered the contest having won three of their last four games.
Northwestern Ohio (9-7, 5-4 WHAC) took an early lead and would stay in front the entire first half. The Racers led by as many as nine, but Indiana Tech closed the gap to five, 29-24, at the break.
The Warriors struggled to get things going offensively through the first 20 minutes, hitting less than 30 percent of their shots and turning the ball over 11 times. However, the second half was a different story.
Tech opened the period on an 11-4 run to take their first lead of the game, 33-35, at the 15:34 mark. The two teams traded the lead six times over the next 12 minutes, but junior Jeff Hoskins caught fire over the final three minutes, scoring nine points to help seal the victory.
The Racers were efficient from the floor hitting 46 percent of their shots compared to Tech’s 40 percent, but the Warriors defended the perimeter holding UNOH to just 3-for-14 from behind the arc. And despite the size mismatch, the Warriors controlled the glass out-rebounding the home team 40-31, with 16 of those coming on the offensive end.
Antonio Cannon led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds while Hoskins added 16.
Jordan Hickman just missed a double-double finishing with eight points and a career-high 10 boards.
Indiana Tech will host No. 24 Cornerstone University on Wednesday in the Schaefer Center.