WATERTOWN, Wis. – The Crusaders played tough defense against MSOE, but struggled offensively, falling 56-48 on Tuesday evening
Maranatha, playing without their leading scorer in Brett Cashner (Urbana, Ill.), was forced to take outside shots, and struggled at the free throw line, shooting just 41% in the first half. The team also shot 29% from the field.
Despite an off night, the defense played tough, forcing 15 MSOE turnovers and holding the Raiders to 34% field goal shooting.
MSOE led by eight at 4:52 left in the first half, but senior forward Joel Borchardt (Watertown, Wis.) whittled the lead down to 21-15 and a big three by Tanner Moses (Lodi, Wis.) cut the deficit to 21-18 entering halftime.
In the second half, a layup by Borchardt tied the game at 30-30 and the team never allowed more than an eight-point deficit.
Borchardt finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds while junior guard Matt Hunter (Pontiac, Ill.) chipped in 11 points and three rebounds. Hunter was 3-4 from three-point range.
“I really liked the way we played without Brett. Matt Hunter had a solid game that, and overall, our team played with fire and intensity. Guys have been steadily improving in a new system, but give credit to Brian Miller and MSOE, as they came ready to play,” stated head coach Keith Salscheider.
The team moves on to Grace Bible on Thursday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. EST.