Indiana Tech Falls To Cornerstone

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Published on January 9 2014 11:49 am
Last Updated on January 9 2014 11:49 am
Written by Millie Lange

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  The Indiana Tech men’s basketball team lost back-to-back games for the time since Nov. 9, after dropping a 49-67 decision to No. 14 Cornerstone on Wednesday at the Mol Arena.

The night started well for the Warriors (11-5, 6-3) as Rontray Chavis started the scoring with a jumper and after grabbing an offensive rebound he sank two free throws for an early 4-0 lead. It was short lived though, as the Golden Eagles (14-3, 8-1) went on a 19-4 run to take an 11-point, 19-8 lead with 10:03 to play. A 10-2 run by Tech, with Chavis hitting three free throws, a jumper and three from Tanner Watkins and a jumper from Jeremy Wohltman (Effingham) cut the lead to three, 21-18 with 4:47 in the half. CU closed the period on an 8-2 run to take a 29-20 lead into the break.

The Golden Eagles scored 12 points off turnovers and had 16 bench points in the period compared the four and two points for Tech, respectively. The Warriors outrebound CU 20-15 in the half, led by seven boards from Chavis, who also led the team with nine points. Cory Cox led the Golden Eagles with 14 points.

Playing without two starters, the Orange and Black struggled in the second half, never getting closer than 10 points. Cornerstone scored the first four points of the half and two Chavis free throws and a jumper from Parker Stouffer kept the deficit at 11, 35-24, with 16:55 to play. After trading a few buckets CU led by 15 but jumpers by Jeff Hoskins and Chavis followed by a Watkins three cut the lead to 10, 45-35 with 10:32 left in the contest. The Golden Eagles outscored the Warriors 22-14 the rest of the way to account for the final margin of 18-points, 67-49.

“Our guys guarded really well for the majority of the contest and I’m proud of the way we competed,” said Head Coach Al Grushkin. “Tyrece and Parker played well off the bench and gave us some much needed minutes when we were short-handed.”

Tech finished the contest 16-for-45 (35.6%) from the floor, 2-for-8 (25%) from three and 15-for-18 (83.3%) from the free throw line and were led by Chavis’ 15 points and eight rebounds while Watkins finished with 10. CU finished 27-for-65 (41.5%) from the field, 5-for-15 (33.3%) from behind the arc and 8-for-9 (88.9%) from the charity stripe and were led by 18 points from Cox while Wes Hudson added 15 points and eight rebounds.

The Warriors continue WHAC play on Saturday, Jan. 11 when they host No. 3 Davenport at 3 p.m.