The Illinois Tech Men’s Basketball team hosted Roosevelt at home on January 17, dropping a close game to the Lakers 65-56.
How it Happened
- The Scarlet Hawks began the game with a few turnovers and both teams struggled from the floor. Parker Joncus hit two key three-point shots to give the Hawks the early lead at 10-5. Illinois Tech continued to struggle with turnovers but still led 14-10 behind strong bench play halfway through the first period. The Lakers’ balanced attack led by Chandler Fuzak—who had six points in the first half—kept Roosevelt close. Illinois Tech went on a run to close out the first half and took a 23-20 lead into the break.
- Jake Bruns started the second half with eleven points (4-4, including three three-point field goals) and propelled the Scarlet Hawks out to a 35-30 lead after five minutes. But Roosevelt’s Jake Asquini found his stroke from behind the three-point line and tied the game at 40 with ten minutes to play. Both teams got into foul trouble early, giving plenty of opportunities from the free-throw line down the stretch. The Hawks’ turnover woes continued and Roosevelt capitalized after tying the game with three minutes to go. The Lakers hit enough free throws down the stretch and edged away from the Hawks, securing the win 65-56.
Scarlet Hawk Standouts
- Bruns finished with 14 points off the bench, plus two rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
- Joncus, Anthony Mosley Jr. and Max Hisatake all had 11 points and a combined 20 rebounds.
- Jake Digorgio had seven points with 14 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.
Stats to Know
- Illinois Tech out-rebounded Roosevelt 44-30.
- The Lakers were better from the free throw line (68.8% to 41.7%).
- The Hawks had more turnovers 19-15.
- Illinois Tech now has a record of 11-5.
- Illinois Tech will travel to Wheaton College to take on the Thunder on Saturday, January 20 at 7 p.m.