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Warriors go cold late in WHAC loss

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Indiana Tech fails to hold lead in final minutes

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Indiana Tech held a one-point lead with just minutes remaining in its home Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference men's basketball game with Cornerstone. However, that would prove to be the last highlight for the Warriors.

The Golden Eagles scored six unanswered points over the final 3:27 and prevailed 74-69.

The loss snapped 18th-ranked Indiana Tech’s three-game win streak and dropped the Warriors to 14-4 overall and 7-3 in conference play.

Cornerstone, who was ranked in the NAIA Top 25 before falling out of the rankings this week, improved its record to 12-6 and 6-4 in the WHAC.

Melvin Brooks scored five quick points to help get the Warriors out to an early 11-2 lead. A few minutes later back-to-back triples from Kody Chandler boosted Indiana Tech’s advantage to double digits 23-12 midway through the half.

The Golden Eagles worked away at the deficit over the next seven minutes and capped off a 7-0 run with a pair of free throws to tie the score 32-32. The lead changed hands several times over the final three minutes of the half before Jeff Hoskins converted an old fashioned three-point play to put the Warriors ahead by two.

After Hoskins forced a Cornerstone turnover in the closing seconds, Chandler got off a jumper from the corner as the buzzer sounded to give Indiana Tech a 42-38 lead at the break.

The second half of action was just as tight seeing 11 lead changes and no team ever leading by more than six.

With just under 3:30 left on the clock, reigning WHAC Player of the Week, Antonio Cannon, knocked down a jumper putting the Warriors in front 69-68. However, Cornerstone would retake the lead on their next possession and never relinquish it.

Trailing by three in the final minute, Indiana Tech had the ball with a chance to tie the game but Cornerstone forced a turnover to seal the win.

The Warriors shot 48 percent for the game, while Cornerstone hit 50 percent of their shots. The Golden Eagles also held a big advantage on the glass by grabbing 38 rebounds compared to the Warriors’ 23.

Jordan Hickman, Brooks, and Hoskins led the way with 14 points each, while Brooks fell just one rebound short of a double-double. Chandler added 10 points off the bench going 2-for-4 from behind the arc.

The Warriors will travel to eighth-ranked Davenport on Saturday at 5 p.m.