MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Hot shooting helped the Tennessee Tech men's basketball team claim a 69-58 road win at Milwaukee Saturday night, with four players scoring in double digits.
The Golden Eagles came out hitting on all cylinders, opening the contest with a 10-0 run that saw them go four-for-five from the field and one-for-one from the free throw line in the game's first three minutes. Tech led the entire game.
The Panthers used impressive free throw shooting to tighten the Golden Eagle lead heading into halftime, hitting all 11 attempts from the charity stripe in the first half. Milwaukee cut the Tech lead to just four heading into the locker room at halftime.
The Golden Eagles were relentess to open the second half, scorching the Panther defense for a 6-0 run to get back to a double-digit edge and essentially put the game out of reach with strong defensive play. The Tech defense held UWM to just 32 percent shooting on the night, inlcuding a meager 5-for-25 from 3-point range. TTU forced 16 Milwaukee turnovers during the game, making nine steals and blocking three shots.
Tech came into the contest with a gameplan of getting the ball near the basket and scoring down low. That's exactly what transpired, with 40 of the team's 69 points coming inside the paint. The scoring for TTU was very spread out, with four different players scoring in double-digits.
Leading the scoring effort for the Golden Eagles was senior guard Jud Dillard, who recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds. It marked the fourth double-double for the Atlanta, Ga. native on the season and continued an important trend for the team. Tech has now won every game that Dillard has led the team in scoring.
Chipping in on the offensive side of the ball were guards Jeremiah Samarrippas and Lanerryl Johnson. Samarrippas, a junior transfer from Southern Methodist, put together a well-rounded game, scoring 10 points, recording four rebounds, forcing four turnovers, and dishing out six assists on just one turnover. Johnson, a redshirt freshman, added 15 points for the Golden Eagles on top of three steals and three assists.
Rounding out the double-digit scoring for Tech was junior forward Dennis Ogbe, who recorded a season-high 15 points . The native of Munich, Germany added eight rebounds and shot an impressive six-for-eight from the field and two-for-two from the charity stripe.
Senior big man Terrell Barnes, who played in his 100th career game and is still recovering from an off-season foot injury, added 21 solid minutes despite making two quick fouls in the game's first three minutes.
Freshman forward Anthony Morse continued his strong defensive season, recording two blocks in the contest to add to his season total of nine. He added six points, the most for the young big man since the Golden Eagles' season opener against Crowley's Ridge.
Sophomore guard Javon McKay opened up the offense for Tech, scoring the first bucket of each half. He finished the game with four points and two rebounds.
The Golden Eagles will continue their road trip with a contest against SEC member Auburn on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. CST start and can be viewed via webstream on the Auburn Tigers video site. Fans can also listen to the game on Fox Sports 106.1 TheEagle with commentary from both longtime radio personnel Roger Ealey and Rob Schabert.