MILWAUKEE – Senior Jason Palesse showed his class as he put up 18 points in 20 minutes to lead the MSOE men's basketball team over the Marian Sabres.
What do you remember about 1983? If you would ask any player on the MSOE men's basketball team what they were doing in 1983, they would most likely laugh at the question. Thirty-six years ago, Coach Miller was in high school most likely wearing a Swatch watch and listening to Electric Avenue by Eddy Grant. Well, that is the last time the Raiders won a men's basketball conference title.
On Saturday afternoon, in front of a packed crowd, the Raiders took a share of the title and little bit of history. The Raiders (21-4, 16-4 NACC) defeated the Sabres (7-18, 5-15 NACC) by a score of 87-45 to write their names in the history books of MSOE athletics.
It was truly a team effort as twenty players saw time on the court contributing in various ways. Notable performances were Senior Jason Palesse, Freshmen Michael Pitrof, and Junior Jake Gebert. Palesse scored 18 points on 6-of-10 from the field, 3-of-3 from trey land, and 3-of-4 from the line. Pitroff and Gebert added 10 points each and caused many match up issues for the Sabres.
The first half was close, as the Sabres would not allow the Raiders to pull away. The teams exchanged shots and there were numerous lead changes. Tyrese Pinson chipped in 12 points and was a threat that the Raiders had to solve early in the half. However, MSOE eventually began to feel the game and the scoring margin began to grow.
As a team, MSOE shot 45% from the field, 40% from three-point area, and had 56 rebounds. Just looking at the numbers indicates that the Raiders can beat you in many ways, with many players.
The Raiders will return to the court next Saturday as the host of the NACC final four.