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Warriors battling injuries leading into key WHAC match-up

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 12:01 am

Indiana Tech will have a special audience for its WHAC men's basketball match-up against Cornerstone University tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The Warriors will welcome almost 20 kids and volunteers from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

The No. 18 Warriors (14-3, 7-2 WHAC), who are currently tied at the top of the WHAC standings, enter having won three straight games and nine of their last 10.

Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles (11-6, 5-4 WHAC) have dropped their last two contests and have fallen out of the rankings in the latest Top 25 poll released on Tuesday.

It’s a big night for the Warriors as they look to maintain their hold of first place with a pair of very challenging games coming up against No. 8 Davenport University and No. 24 Madonna University. However, Tech won’t be at 100 percent after sustaining a couple of key injuries in their latest win at the University of Northwestern Ohio over the weekend.

Antonio Cannon, Jeff Hoskins and Antonio Landers each came away from the UNOH game banged up and that could have an effect on Wednesday's game.

Cannon is the leading scorer for the Warriors averaging 13.7 points per game, while Hoskins is scoring 10.2 and Landers 8.9 per game.

The Warriors have proven to be resilient all year though playing with an undersized lineup and beating teams with their quickness and tough defense.

Indiana Tech coach Al Grushkin has his team ranked in the top five in the country in three-point field goal percent defense (0.242), scoring defense per game (51.8), field goal percent defense (0.374), and turnover margin (6.3).

Cornerstone will present a challenge for the Warriors, coming into the contest as the league’s top offensive team averaging more than 77 points per game.

Wes Hudson has been a big reason for their success. The junior guard is one of the WHAC’s top scorers with 16.9 points per game and ranks second in NAIA DII in free throw percent, shooting 90 percent from the charity stripe.