By DAN JENKINS, Staff Reporter
Two Wolves teams met on the court Tuesday night in Dearborn. The dominant wolf showed its teeth and came away with a decisive victory as the Lourdes University Gray Wolves defeated the University of Michigan-Dearborn Wolves Men’s basketball team 53-31.
The UM-D offense continued to struggle, going on to score a season low, 31 points. The team finished with a total of three assists and made only 10 shots on the night.
The Gray Wolves had a consistent and powerful halfcourt offense. Eight players scored for Lourdes in the first half alone and 10 in the game all together.
Only two players ended in double figure scoring, but their steady attack created a deficit that UM-D could not recover from.
UM-D made a push at a comeback effort in the second half, but it was quickly extinguished by foul trouble and issues with ball security.
The men were also outmatched on the boards relinquishing 12 offensive rebounds to Lourdes while only grabbing 18 defensive boards.
UM-D continues to search for a consistent go-to scoring option as star guard Julius Porter’s offensive woes linger. Porter lead the team with 14 points on the night, but his scoring average is just 11.3 points per game, down from 14.6 last season.
A bright spot this season continues to be freshman Eric Murphy, who was highly touted coming into the season as an impact player by head coach John Mackson.
He has been recovering from a bout with the flu and suffered a minor knee injury early in the first half of Tuesday’s game. Murphy returned to the game but it was evident that the injury was affecting his play.
Poor shot selection is a problem that assistant coach Dymetrius Ware realizes needs attention.
“We just need to continue working on it during practice,” said Ware.
The Wolves shot just 24.4% from the floor Tuesday night, making just one three point shot.
The schedule doesn’t lighten up for the Wolves either, as they travel to take on the Division III Adrian College Bulldogs (3-0) on Monday and then the Indiana Tech Warriors (6-2) on Wednesday.