ANGOLA, Ind. – The Illinois Tech men's basketball team opened the regular season on Monday night, traveling to Indiana to take on the Thunder of Trine University. After exchanging leads for the early portion of the first half, the hosts took control and maintained a lead for the final 20 minutes to defeat Tech 76-67.
How it Happened
- Junior center Max Hisatake scored the first basket of the year for the Scarlet Hawks at the 18:36 mark. After Trine took a 6-2 lead, preseason All-American selection Anthony Mosley Jr. scored six of Tech's next eight points to give the Scarlet Hawks the lead.
- A Jake Digiorgio tip-in at the 4:13 mark in the first half gave Tech a 20-16 lead, its largest of the game. Trine responded with a 14-4 run, taking a 30-24 lead into intermission.
- Digiorgio scored the first four points for the Scarlet Hawks out of the half as well, but Tech was unable to draw to within one possession until the 15:51 mark. A Milos Dugalic three-pointer off an Ahmad Muhammad assist brought the score to 42-39 at that point.
- After a timeout, Trine went on an 8-0 run take its first double-digit lead. While Tech would pull to within five twice in the later portions of the half, the Thunder held on for the victory.
Scarlet Hawk Standouts
- Mosley Jr. led all Tech scorers with 19 on an efficient 8-of-15 shooting night.
- Digiorgio was a monster in the post with a 17-point, 16-rebound double-double.
- Hisatake tallied 15 points with eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
Stats to Know
- Both teams took great care of the basketball for a season-opening contest, each turning it over only 10 times.
- Trine was the more efficient shooting team, outshooting the Scarlet Hawks 46.9% compared to 40.3%.
- Trine was 6-of-13 from beyond the arc. Tech was 5-for-20.
- The Scarlet Hawks will play an exhibition game at NCAA Division I Northern Illinois University on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.