RIVER FOREST, Ill. – The Illinois Tech men's basketball team traveled to nearby Dominican University for a battle of two 2-2 teams. Despite outrebounding the Stars 40-29, the Scarlet Hawks fell 74-73.
How it Happened
- Dominican's first four baskets came courtesy of three-pointer, as the Stars build an early 16-8 advantage. Tech fought back thanks to a couple of Samuel Rarick baskets and took a 22-20 lead on a transition three from Malik Howze with 9:20 left.
- Tech continued to build the lead, as Jake Digiorgio provided three offensive rebound putbacks in the first half alone. The Scarlet Hawks led 40-35 at intermission.
- Max Hisatake opened the second half with an emphatic block. Digiorgio followed suit with seven points over the first five minutes as Tech increased the lead to 13 with 11:59 remaining.
- Tech went on a drought of almost six minutes, allowing Dominican to cut the lead down to one with under five minutes remaining. In a back-and-forth game down the stretch, Dominican's Connor Dartt hit a jumper from the free throw line with 3.8 seconds left. Tech was unable to score on the final possession.
Scarlet Hawk Standouts
- Making his first start of the season, Digiorgio was dominant. He totaled a career-high 26 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Seven of the 11 rebounds came on the offensive end, where he tallied five put-backs alone. It was the fourth double-double in five games for the sophomore
- Howze just missed a double-double of this own. The transfer scored 20 points (4-of-7 from three, 6-of-6 from the free throw line) to go along with nine rebounds of his own.
- Rarick added 12 points and five rebounds off the bench to go along with four blocked shots. Hisatake also blocked four.
Stats to Know
- On top of the 40-29 rebound advantage, Tech also outdid DU 12-9 on the offensive glass.
- Both teams made 29 baskets and 10 free throws. Dominican drained one more three-point shot than the Scarlet Hawks, outdoing Tech 6-5 from downtown.
- Tech committed 16 turnovers compared to Dominican's 10.
- The Scarlet Hawks will host Milwaukee School of Engineering on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in the Keating Sports Center. The home opener will have live stats, video, and audio, with the broadcast powered by Illinois Media School.