Southfield, Mich. – The Lawrence Technological University men’s basketball team hosted Rochester University at home Tuesday night. The game was pretty much even the whole way, but LTU started to pull away midway through the second half, after bearing a Warriors’ push, to win by a final score of 72-63.
Right after the tip, both teams traded buckets for the first five minutes of action as the game was tied 11-11.
Andrew Rinn and Gustafson started LTU’s 7-0 run by making three straight layups.
A couple of possessions later, Gustafson found Blake Lund wide open on the wing for a triple to make it 22-13 with 10:55 left in the half.
The biggest lead of the first half came when Beavers broke his defender down with a couple of crossovers and nailed a three with 8:12 left on the clock.
The Blue Devils were up 12, 28-16.
The Warriors answered back, scoring nine straight points on their next three possessions from two Colby Wiggins threes and a Federico Gallinari three-pointer with 5:21 left.
In the remaining five minutes of the first half, a series of trading baskets was the story heading into the locker room as LTU led 35-31.
The Blue Devils shot the ball 14-of-25 (56.%) from the field, 4-of-9 (44.4%) from deep, and 3-of-5 (60.0%) from the free-throw line in the first 20 minutes.
LTU started off the second half hot, going on a 10-0 run of their own.
Beavers started off the run with a made layup and deep triple. Next possession down on the offensive end, Carter Frantz was fouled on a three-pointer earning a trip to the charity stripe when he made 2-of-3 free throws.
Alek Ivanovic was a part of the 10-0 spurt when he drilled a three-ball from the corner with 17:47 to play.
An Andrew Kline fast break dunk stopped the Blue Devils run, which propelled the Warriors to score 11 unanswered points to cut the lead back within three points at 45-42 with 12:45 to go.
Rochester took the lead 51-50 from a Gallinari three with 9:32 to play, right before they called timeout.
The Blue Devils came out of the timeout and executed, going on a 6-0 run from two Rinn baskets and a Beavers’ layup to re-take the lead by five.
With just under five minutes left in the game, LTU seized control of the game. Three possessions in a row, LTU earned trips to the free-throw line when Gustafson, Frantz, and Beavers made 5-of-6 to give their team a 63-53 lead with 3:55 remaining.
More free throws were shot in the final minutes as the Warriors were forced to foul, and Frantz was the one who hit big-time free throws (9-of-11) in this one to seal the win by a final score of 72-63.
LTU shot 23-of-42 (54.8%) from the field, 7-of-18 (38.9%) from three, and 19-of-26 (73.1%) from the line.
The next Blue Devils’ (6-4) matchup is at home on December 1st when they will compete against Lourdes University inside the Don Ridler Field House. This game will tip-off at 7:30 PM.