Digiorgio’s Big Game Leads Tech Past Lakeland

SHEBOYGAN, Wis.—The Illinois Tech men’s basketball team earned its fifth straight victory on Saturday and completed an Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference sweep over the Lakeland College Muskies, downing the hosts 81-72. Led by Jake Digiorgio (19 points, 20 rebounds), the Scarlet Hawks (8-5, 5-3 NACC) doubled Lakeland’s (6-7, 4-4 NACC) rebounding total in the victory.

How It Happened

  • It was a back-and-forth early portion of the contest, with no team leading by more than one possession until a Capriest Gardner lay-up with 11:17 left made the score 15-11 Tech.
  • A three-point barrage help Tech extend the lead near double-digits, as Jake Bruns and Parker Joncus connected from the outside to move up nine. A few minutes later, Joncus and Anthony Mosley Jr. nailed threes to go up 34-22.
  • Lakeland was able to trim the lead to 11 by halftime, but the Scarlet Hawks opened up a 21-point lead early in the second half thanks to a 12-2 lead.
  • The lead extended to as high as 23 before the Muskies made a late run. While Lakeland was able to pull within single digits, the run was too little too late as Tech converted its free throws down the stretch.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Digiorgio was unreal in the contest, posting 20 boards for the second time this season. His 19 points came on 7-of-14 shooting.
  • Mosley Jr. scored 20-plus points for a fourth straight contest, dropping 22 on 6-of-10 shooting and a 9-of-12 output from the foul line. He also had four assists and three steals.
  • Max Hisatake had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Joncus scored 12 points, hitting two three-pointers.

Stats to Know

  • Tech won the rebouding advantage 46-23, proving to be the decisive factor in the contest.
  • The Scarlet Hawks also held a large free throw advantage, making 14 more than the hosts (24-10).
  • Both teams had similar shooting numbers from the floor, with Tech (47.3%) marginally besting the Muskies (45.8%).

Up Next

  • The Illinois Tech Scarlet Hawks host the Marian University Sabres on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in another NACC contest. Live audio, video, and stats will be available. The live audio will be powered by Illinois Media School.