MILWAUKEE – Four players scored in double-figures to lead the MSOE men's basketball team to its sixth-straight victory, 81-77 over Edgewood Saturday afternoon at Hotchkin Arena.
The Raiders (12-1, 7-1 NACC) built a lead as high as 16 points and managed to hold off a determined comeback attempt by the Eagles (3-10, 3-5 NACC) down the stretch.
Sophomore Sammy Linn finished with 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench to lead the way. Junior Jake Gebert finished with 16 points, thanks to an 11-for-15 clip at the free throw line, and junior Travis Ballard notched 11 points. Senior Jason Palesse finished with 12 points and eight assists.
Jake Negus led Edgewood with 20 points, fueling the comeback bid down the stretch. McClain Steffens finished with 17 points and Emil Radisevic scored 16.
MSOE took a game-high 16-point lead on a Linn three-pointer at 53-37 with 15:39 remaining in the game prompting a timeout. The visitors were able to cut into that lead immediately with a quick 9-2 run and eventually pulled within four at 64-60.
It was a four-point game again at 70-66 when junior Matthew Kirmse hit a three-pointer to make it a seven-point game. The Eagles then picked up two points on each of its next three possessions to pull within three at 80-77.
Gebert hit one free throw with 11 seconds on the clock and an ensuing three-point attempt was well off the mark as the Red & White held out for the victory.
The Raiders shot 43.8 percent from the field and 7-of-21 from three-point range while Edgewood hit 40 percent of its field goals and just 4-of-15 three-point attempts. The big difference was at the free throw line where the Red & White shot just 18-of-28 and EC hit its first 15 attempts on the way to a 25-of-26 effort for the game.
MSOE was in the driver's seat for most of the game, overcoming an early seven-point deficit with seven-straight points to tie the game. A 10-3 run late in the first half gave the team its first 10-point lead and the Raiders scored the final four points of the half to take that lead into the locker room, 42-32.
The Red & White kept it going in the second half with a seven-point run building its lead to 16 points before the tense final 15-plus minutes.
The Raiders return to the court Wednesday at Wisconsin Lutheran.