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Men's Basketball Wins First Game of Kalamazoo Tournament

Malik Howze led the way for Tech on Sunday (photo credit: Emilee Philson).
Malik Howze led the way for Tech on Sunday (photo credit: Emilee Philson).

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Illinois Tech Men's Basketball team traveled to Kalamazoo for the first game in a road tournament hosted by the Hornets on Saturday.  Tech emerged with a win behind three double-digit scorers 67-58.

How it Happened

  • Illinois Tech began slowly against the Hornets, managing just 11 points as a team in the first half of the opening period.  But Malik Howze and Max Hisatake combined for 17 points in the first half, propelling the Scarlet Hawks to a 14 point lead with four minutes to go before halftime.  Tech led by seven at half by a score of 33-26.
  • Howze and Hisatake reestablished the big Scarlet Hawks lead to begin the second half, elevating the score to 40-26 within three minutes.  Jake Digiorgio added seven points during the second half until Howze exploded for 14 points down the stretch to solidify the win for the Scarlet Hawks, 67-58. 

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Howze led all scorers with 23 points on 42% shooting while adding three rebounds and one assist
  • Hisatake finished with a double-double after scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. He also had two blocks
  • Digiorgio also scored 14 points with seven rebounds and one steal

Stats to Know

  • Tech shot 38% from the floor and 40% from the three-point line
  • Rebounds were in favor of the Scarlet Hawks 47-28
  • Assists were also in favor of Tech (13-8)

Up Next

  • The Scarlet Hawks will play in the second game of the Kalamazoo Tournament tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. against Olivet.