(Photo courtesy of MGoBlue.com)
(Photo courtesy of MGoBlue.com)

By DAN JENKINS, Staff Reporter

The Wolves Men’s basketball team suffered their second road loss at the hands of the Bethel College Pilots (Mishawaka, IN) on Thursday night.

The Wolves were competitive throughout most of the first half, but eventually fell behind and couldn’t recover.

The 5-1 Pilots were coming off of a three game winning streak; their four wins coming at an average of 41 points and their only loss by one point.

The Wolves’ starting lineup saw a shakeup due to a flu bug that hit freshman forward Eric Murphy, the team’s leading scorer. Head Coach John Mackson started junior forward A.J. Dombrowski in place of Murphy and also pulled junior guard Dustin Sielski in favor of sophomore Jamiel Strickland.

Strickland lead the team with 17 points while Dombroski and senior guard Julius Porter both added 10. The team finished with just eight assists on 22 made field goals.

Pilots sophomore guard Zach Miller lead the scoring with a game-high 25 points. Bethel trounced UM-D from behind the three-point line going 10-26 and worked the Wolves on the offensive glass by tallying 16 offensive rebounds.

The Wolves return home Saturday night to face the 1-4 Concordia University Cardinal (Ann Arbor), then will take on The Lourdes University Gray Wolves (Sylvania OH) on Tuesday. The Wolves have won their only home game of the season against Taylor University.