Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Lawrence Technological University men’s basketball team traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana to take on the Warriors of Indiana Tech University. In a competitive game where both teams matched up well with each other, LTU struggled late in the second half as they came up short by a final score of 70-54.
The Blue Devils could not get anything going early in the opening minutes of action, but Beavers was able to convert on a layup through traffic.
The Warriors started this game on a 7-2 run in the first five minutes of play.
After LTU settled in, Rinn and Beavers scored back-to-back buckets, cutting the lead back to two.
The Blue Devils were forced to call a timeout after the Warriors went on a run to make it 14-7 with 13:25 left to play in the first half.
Rinn connected on a floater, and Alek Ivanovic followed up his basket up with a three-pointer making it 16-14.
Gunnar Gustafson was able to get things going midway through the first half after his layup.
IIT would answer on the other end off a Grant Smith layup with 7:59 to play.
Making it a 25-22 game was Carter Frantz after his step back jumper over a defender.
Corey Mckinney was able to get inside the paint for a quick bunny, extending the Warriors lead to 31-22 with under five to go.
The Blue Devils could not buy a basket in the last five minutes, only making two field goals off two Rinn three-balls.
LTU entered the half down 35-28.
LTU shot the ball 10-of-30 (33.3%) from the field, 4-of-11 (36.4%) from deep, and 5-of-7 (71.4%) from the line.
Beavers started things off with a steal and Isaiah Cumberland came down in transition nailing a three to open up the second half.
A Stein layup made it 43-37 with 14:51 left before Sanna Sisawo came back down and drilled a huge three-ball for LTU.
Beavers then followed up with a three of his own minutes later, knotting the game at 43.
Rinn found a gap, spun, and finished at the rim at the 12:26 mark.
With 11:21 left in the game, IIT went on a 6-0 run from Stein and Blake Davison back-to-back three-pointers to put the Warriors up seven.
After the timeout, the Blue Devils went 0-for-3 from the field in the next three minutes until Rinn found the bottom of the net on his floater.
The next time down Rinn made an elbow pull-up jumper cutting the deficit to 59-49 with just under seven to go.
Sisawo’s putback and Stein’s layup kept it a ten-point game with 4:55 remaining.
LTU struggled to find any baskets down in the remaining minutes as IIT was able to pull away, converting on consecutive baskets to secure the victory by a final score of 70-54.
LTU shot the ball 20-of-57 (35.1%) from the field, 7-of-23 (30.4%) from three, and 7-of-13 (53.8%) from the line.
The next Blue Devils’ (8-5) matchup is at home when they take on Eureka University on Friday, December 17th at 7 PM.