Indiana Tech got defensive early – and then very late – as it knocked off No. 25-ranked Northwestern Ohio 87-85 Saturday at the Schaefer Center in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference men’s basketball action.
The Warriors (13-5, 8-2 WHAC) limited the Racers (13-5, 8-2) to just eight made shots and 25 percent shooting in building a 44-30 halftime lead. However, the second half belonged to Northwestern Ohio, as the Racers shot 74 percent from the field and fought all the way back in taking an 82-80 lead with just over 2:00 left in the game.
Indiana Tech guard Miles Robinson scored five straight points for Indiana Tech and guard C.J. Bussey added a pair of free throws to put the Warriors ahead 87-85 with 30 seconds left.
When Max Huber stole the ball from a Northwestern Ohio player, it appeared that the Warriors had sealed the win, but Huber’s missed front end of a one-and-one gave the Racers one last opportunity to tie or win the game. However, a 3-point attempt with one second on the clock missed.
The last missed free throw was the only one of 11 attempts at the line for the Warriors, as they sank 10 free throws and only turned the ball over four times.
Bussey paced Indiana Tech with 23 points, while Robinson added 19 points and seven assists.
Guard Tanner Watkins chipped in 13 points, while forward Franklin Lindsey totaled 11 points and nine boards.
Indiana Tech is now in a 3-way tie for second in the WHAC with Northwestern Ohio and 11th-ranked Davenport, all just one game in back of Cornerstone.
The Warriors will travel to Davenport Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
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