Indiana Tech snapped its three game losing streak with a 58-50 win over Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference for Lawrence Tech on Saturday.
Melvin Brooks registered his sixth double-double of the season to pace the Warriors as they improved their record to 15-6 overall and 8-5 in the conference. The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 2-19 and 1-12 in league play.
Lawrence Tech held the lead for much of the first half before a jumper by Henry Sidney capped off a 7-2 Warrior run to give Tech its first lead of the game, 17-16, with 5:27 remaining in the period. The lead changed hands five times over the next five minutes, but the Blue Devils would take a 24-22 advantage into halftime.
Lawrence Tech outshot the Warriors 42 percent to 30 percent through the first 20 minutes, but the Warrior defense forced LTU into six turnovers while committing just one themselves.
The Blue Devils maintained their lead through the first few minutes of the second half, but the Warriors overcame the deficit quickly as Kody Chandler buried a three-pointer and Antonio Landers followed with a bucket of his own to give Tech a 34-32 lead at the 13:05 mark.
Indiana Tech held a three point edge with three minutes left to play before they took control of the game with four straight points from Landers and Antonio Cannon. Jordan Hickman and Jeff Hoskins would convert free throws down the stretch to help the Warriors hold on for the win.
Indiana Tech shot 48 percent from the field for the second half while holding the Blue Devils to 33 percent. The nation’s second best defense against the three limited LTU to 26 percent (4-for-15) on the afternoon from behind the arc. The Warriors were very careful with the ball turning it over just two times compared to Lawrence Tech’s 12 times.
Brooks finished with a team-high 19 points and 12 rebounds and Landers followed with 12 points.
The Warriors will travel to Michigan-Dearborn on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.