Men’s Basketball Opens Season with Loss to Anderson

mens-basketballThe Illinois Tech Men’s Basketball team opened the 2016–17 season at Anderson University on November 15. The Scarlet Hawks fell to the Ravens 110-82.

How it Happened

  • After a pretty even first five minutes of play, the Ravens made a big run in the middle of the first quarter. With the score tied 12-12, AU managed to put together a 30-15 run over the next 11 minutes to take a 15 point lead.
  • A balanced offensive attack helped the Scarlet Hawks to close out the first half strong, trimming the deficit to 12. Anderson led 53-41 at halftime.
  • In the second half, Anderson started strong, building the lead to 19 at the 13:47 mark.
  • Illinois Tech, however, would mount a run behind the offense of Malik Howze. The sophomore transfer scored 10 points on what was a 14-3 Scarlet Hawk run. Anderson led 72-64 with 9:03 to play.
  • The Ravens would get hot down the stretch, scoring 38 points over the final nine minutes to pull away.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • In his first game as a Scarlet Hawk, Howze led Illinois Tech with 25 points on eight-of-17 shooting. He was also eight of 12 from the free throw line, leading all players in free throw attempts.
  • Jake Digiorgio had a double-double off the bench, tallying 13 points and 10 rebounds with two blocked shots.
  • Freshman Max Hisatake was impressive in his collegiate debut, scoring 14 points on six-of-nine shooting in just 22 minutes. He also blocked two shots.
  • Anthony Mosley Jr. scored 13 points and tallied six assists.

Stats to Know

  • Three-point shooting was heavily in favor of the Ravens. AU was 13-of-26 (50.0%), while Illinois Tech was just two of six (33.3%).
  • Illinois Tech out-rebounded the Ravens 33-30.
  • The Scarlet Hawks committed 20 turnovers compared to just 13 for AU.

Up Next

  • Illinois Tech will play its next game on Tuesday, November 22 at the University of Chicago. The game is set to begin at 8 p.m.