Updated: Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012, 12:19 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012, 12:02 AM EST
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The 25th ranked Indiana Tech men’s basketball team welcomed crosstown rival University of Saint Francis to the Schaefer Center on Tuesday night in a battle of two unbeaten teams.
However, it was the Cougars who came away with the 53-50 victory, handing the Warriors their first setback of the season. The win was the first by Saint Francis in the last four meetings between the two schools. Indiana Tech now holds a 62-35 advantage in the all-time series.
The Warriors (5-1) scored the first six points of the game and held the lead for much of the first half.
After Saint Francis (4-0) cut the deficit to one, 10-9, senior Melvin Brooks (Memphis, TN/Marion Military) scored six points as part of a Tech 8-0 run to give the Warriors their largest lead of the game.
The Cougars continued to chip away though, and with 1:54 remaining in the opening period, USF took their first lead 27-26 after a bucket from Scott Kohne.
The lead was short lived however as Antonio Cannon (Indianapolis, IN/Ancilla) knocked down a three on Tech’s next possession to give the Warriors a 29-27 edge at the break.
The two teams exchanged the lead early in the second half before Tech used a 12-0 scoring run to open up a 10 point lead, 43-33, at the 12:35 mark.
However, the Cougars clawed their way back into the game and jumped back in front 49-48 with just over three minutes to play.
USF stretched its lead to five following another basket from Kohne, who had 16 of the final 18 points for the Cougars, but Kody Chandler (Schoolcraft, MI/Goshen) drove to the hoop to make it a 53-50 game with 42 ticks left on the clock.
Following a missed free throw by the Cougars, Tech had one last chance to tie the game but a contested three-pointer from Cannon at the buzzer was no good.
Cannon scored a season-high 17 points and grabbed five rebounds to pace the Warriors. Jordan Hickman (Bardstown, KY/Vincennes) followed with 12 points, five assists, and four steals while Brooks chipped in 11.
The Cougars were led by Kohne who finished with 28 points and 13 boards while Josh Hogan added eight.
The Warriors begin a stretch of three straight road games beginning with a trip to conference rival Madonna University on Saturday, Nov. 17. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
For more information on Indiana Tech athletics please call the Athletic Office at 260-422-5561 ext. 2492 or visit our website at http://www.indianatech.edu/athletics
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