AURORA, Illinois – The MSOE men's basketball team shot over 65 percent on the way to 116 points in a 116-85 win over Aurora Saturday night at Thornton Gymnasium.
The Raiders' (9-1, 4-1 NACC) point total against the Spartans (2-5, 1-4 NACC) is tied for the third-most in a game in school history and is the most they scored since tying a school record with 123 on Jan. 30, 1990, against Northland International.
MSOE finished the night shooting a blistering 65.6 percent from the field, including 16-for-24 from three-point range. The team shot over 65 percent for the second time this season and posted the third-best shooting percentage in a game in school history. The three-point clip is tied for second while the 16 made threes are third.
Junior Matthew Kirmse led the way with 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting and five made three-pointers. Four more players scored in double-figures as junior Jake Gebert had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Jason Palesse notched 14 points while freshman Michael Pitrof had 13 points and sophomore Sammy Linn 12 off the bench.
Four players tallied at least 10 points for Aurora, led by Garrett Hoffman's 14 and Justin Wierzgac's 13 off the bench. Matt Dunn and Tyler Carlson had 10 points each.
The Raiders were on fire right out of the gates, hitting their first six shots of the night and 11-of-13. That sparked at early 14-3 run that opened a 25-11 lead. Aurora would pull as close as 44-36 before a late 14-2 run led to a 60-43 lead at halftime.
After the intermission, the Red & White was back at it. The team scored the first seven points and continually pulled away throughout the second half. MSOE would eventually see their lead surpass 30 before peaking at 34 in the last minute.
The Spartans were not lacking for offense, shooting 52.5 percent from the field and hitting on 10-of-23 three-point attempts. They just could not keep up with the hot-shooting Raiders, who also cleaned up on the glass to the tune of a 41-18 rebounding advantage.
MSOE returns to the floor next Saturday at Lakeland.