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Warrior rally falls short against WHAC champs

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Indiana Tech drops home finale

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 9:13 am

Indiana Tech rallied in the second half against the top team in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, however, it eventually fell to Davenport 67-57 at the Schaefer Center on Saturday.

The Warriors fought back from a 16-point second half, narrowing the gap to five in the final minutes, but the 8th-ranked Panthers held on to secure their second straight WHAC regular season title.

Prior to the tip, the Warriors honored seniors Melvin Brooks, Antonio Cannon and Jordan Hickman in their final regular season game at home.

Davenport (25-5, 18-4 WHAC) jumped out to an early advantage, pulling ahead 8-0 after the first four minutes, and would never surrender their lead.

The Panthers were up 18-5 midway through the half, but the Warriors fought back and outscored Davenport 17-10 over the final 10 minutes of the period, including a basket by Cannon just before the buzzer to make it a 28-22 game at the half.

The Panthers had all the momentum coming out of the locker room, opening the half on a 12-2 run to push their lead to 40-24 with 15:41 remaining in the contest.

Indiana Tech (21-9, 14-8 WHAC) showed their toughness though, as Jeff Hoskins fueled a 10-0 Warrior run with eight points to get within six. But Davenport answered with a big three, and following a Tech free throw, the Panthers drained another triple to extend their lead back to double digits, 46-35.

With the Warriors still trailing by 10 at the 3:45 mark, Cannon knocked down a three-pointer and after a defensive stop, Hoskins drove to the basket to cut the Davenport lead to just five, 60-55, with under three minutes to play.

However Davenport would respond, once again, with four straight points to put a stop to the Tech rally and seal the win.

Hoskins scored a season-high 21 points to pace the Warriors, and for the third time in the last four games Hickman recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Cannon finished with 17 points and four boards.

Indiana Tech will play at Cornerstone University in the first round of the WHAC Tournament on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.