Indiana Tech continually dug itself holes that were too insurmountable Monday and the result was an 82-78 men’s basketball loss at NAIA Division I Shawnee State.
The Warriors (11-5) fell behind 15-9 to start the game, but fought back to take a 26-21 lead. However, that proved to be the highlight for Indiana Tech, as Shawnee State went on a 24-5 run to close the opening half and never trailed again.
Over the final 10 minutes of the first half, the Warriors missed 12 of 13 shots.
A pair of early second half baskets by Indiana Tech guards Miles Robinson and Jantzen Goodwin trimmed the Warrior deficit to eight, but another Shawnee State response put the hosts up 14 points.
The Warriors managed to trim the margin to 67-64 with just over five minutes remaining, but Shawnee State raced back to a 10-point lead with 1:34 left and held on for the win.
The loss was the first in six games for the Warriors, who were paced by guard Miles Robinson with 27 points.
Indiana Tech forward Franklin Lindsey got back in action for the first time in nearly two years after being injured and he totaled 10 points in 18 minutes off of the bench.
Warrior center Scott Schwieterman chipped in 10 points, while Lavontae Davis pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.
Shawnee State shot over 52 percent from the floor and totaled 25 free throw attempts to Indiana Tech’s 13.
The Warriors will resume WHAC play Wednesday at 8 p.m. when they host Lawrence Tech at the Schaefer Center.