Men's Basketball Cracks 100 in 19-Point Win at Rockford

Men's Basketball Cracks 100 in 19-Point Win at Rockford

ROCKFORD, Illinois – Junior Matthew Kirmse buried eight 3-pointers on the way to 32 points in leading the MSOE men's basketball to a 108-89 victory over Rockford Tuesday night at the Seaver Center.

The Raiders (5-0, 1-0 NACC) remained perfect on the season by topping 100 points for the first time since Feb. 26, 2016, and scoring their most points since finishing with 110 vs. Grinnell on Nov. 29, 2008.

Kirmse went 8-for-13 from three-point range and 11-of-17 from the field in the game. The sharp-shooting guard was one of four double-digit scorers, joined by sophomore Josh Herzog with 14, senior Jason Palesse 12, and sophomore Dylan Hamlin with 11. Herzog was perfect on the night, making all five field goal attempts, including three treys, and his lone free throw try.

MSOE had another outstanding shooting game, topping 50 percent for the third time in five games with a 57.6 percent clip from the field. The Red & White hit on 12-of-25 three-point attempts and made 20-of-26 free throws.

Six players scored in double-figures for the Regents (0-4, 0-2 NACC), who were just unable to keep up with the Raiders in the game. Jeremiah Stewart led all five starters in double-digits with 19. Kevin Diemer had 15, Brandon Emerick 13, Kivontay Shaw 12, and Tony Diemer 11. Denzel Halliburton chipped in 10 points off the bench.

The Raiders seized control of the game early on, using several key runs to steadily pull away throughout the first half. They first broke open a 7-6 game with an 11-1 run and, really, never looked back. MSOE would put together scoring spurts of eight and seven-straight points while its lead reached 20 points for the first time at 54-34 on a Kirmse layup with 1:29 remaining in the first half.

The game turned into a shootout after halftime but the Regents were unable to make inroads in the game. The home team never got closer than 17 points while the Red & White was able to push its advantage to 26 points on two occasions.

Rockford shot 44.6 percent in the game, making seven of its 19 three-point tries. The hosts also went 16-for-26 at the free throw line.

Kirmse's eight 3-pointers are tied for the fifth-most in a game in school history. Meanwhile, in addition to the 10th-most points scored in a game in program history, MSOE also finished with the sixth-most field goals made (38) and the sixth-highest assist total (25) ever.

The Raiders return to the floor Saturday at Marian.