Indiana Tech men fall in first round of national tournament

College Sports

 The No. 7-seeded Indiana Tech men’s basketball team fell to No. 2-seeded and No. 5-ranked Spring Arbor University, 85, on Wednesday morning in the first round of the NAIA Division II National Championship inside the Sanford Pentagon.
Mitch Morken scored a team-high eight points while five different Warriors, Dylan Phair, Max Huber, Lucas Lehrman, Logan Primerano and Corey McKinney, all had six points. Huber grabbed a team-best five rebounds while Primerano, Lehrman and McKinney all had two steals.
Edmond Early, Jr. gave the Warriors the early lead on their first possession of the game with a triple and the two former conference rivals battled back and forth over the first several minutes of the game. Six straight points from the freshman post duo of Lehrman and Josh Kline that was followed up with an and-one play from Huber made it an 11-9 lead for Tech at the 13:44 mark. A three-pointer from McKinney put the Orange and Black up 18-17 with 11:13 to play in the first half, but a 10-0 run from the Cougars put the Crossroads League champions up 27-18 with 8:15 on the clock.
A basket from Lehrman stopped the run with 7:58 left in the half, but Spring Arbor countered with an 8-2 run to make it a 13-point game. The Cougars closed out the half on a 9-0 run and didn’t allow the Warriors to score in the final 2:47 of period. Spring Arbor shot 70.8% from the field and 58.6% from behind the three-point arc to take 44-24 lead after 20 minutes of action.
The Warriors cut the deficit down to 19 points with 11:30 left in the game following an 8-0 run, with Morken scoring the last six points of the spurt, but the Cougars responded with a 13-0 run and held Tech scoreless for a seven-minute stretch to put the game out of reach and knock the Orange and Black out of the tournament.
Tech concludes the 2018-19 season with a 22-12 record.

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