MEQUON, Wisconsin – The MSOE men's basketball team fell on a final-second layup to Concordia Wisconsin, 78-76, Wednesday night at the R. John Buuck Field House.
The Raiders (10-6, 9-3 NACC) saw their four-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Falcons (9-8, 7-5 NACC), who had handed the team their last league loss when they met at the Kern Center on Dec. 14.
Sophomore Jake Gebert posted a double-double off the bench with a career-high 20 points on 10-of-11 shooting and 13 rebounds. Senior Tegan Miles was 7-for-11 from the field on his way to 16 points. Junior Jason Palesse added 12 points and freshman Brian Dorn a career-best 10.
Four players also reached double-figures in scoring for CUW, led by Josh Erickson's 23 points. Jordan Johnson scored 15, Andrew Fratzke had 14, and Olalekan George chipped in 10 off the bench.
With the score tied at 76-76, Isaiah Tenette took an inbounds pass with six seconds remaining on the clock and drove to the basket to hit a swirling layup just before the buzzer to score the game-winner.
MSOE had one more chance, but its long catch-and-shoot attempt with 0.5 seconds on the clock was off the mark.
Palesse had tied the game at 76-76 with a free throw with nine seconds remaining. The Raiders had three chances to tie or go ahead inside the final minute of regulation, grabbing a pair of long offensive rebounds off three-point misses leading to Palesse's trip to the free throw line.
The game was tight throughout, with 16 ties and 18 lead changes. MSOE held the game's biggest lead at with a seven-point advantage at halftime.
The Red & White shot a healthy 48.4 percent from the field but converted just 2-of-16 from three-point range. The team did forge a 35-25 rebounding advantage, which led to a 15-4 edge in second-chance points. CUW finished the game shooting 52.5 percent and hit on 8-of-24 from deep.
Gebert's 10-for-11 shooting is tied for the third-best shooting performance in school history. Meanwhile, Miles added three steals and a pair of blocked shots in the game.
Despite the loss, MSOE remains in first place in the NACC at 9-3, though now tied with Aurora and Benedictine. AU visits the Kern Center Saturday for a 7:15 p.m. tip-off. The Raiders upended the Spartans on the road 84-81 on Jan. 3.