The University of Michigan-Dearborn men's basketball team in 2012. (Dan Jenkins / MJ)
(Dan Jenkins / MJ)

By DAN JENKINS, Staff Reporter

The Wolves Men’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker on Saturday night as they lost to the University of Northwestern Racers (Lima, OH), 61-57.

They were within two points of the Racers with :35 remaining as senior guard Julius Porter was called for a questionable hand-check foul which sent the Racers to the charity stripe with the game on the line.

The Racers would then pull away to win in the final seconds, sinking five out of six free throws down the stretch. The Wolves battled back in the second half after the Racers charged out on an 11-2 run to start the half and built a 10 point lead.

VIDEO: UNOH Racers vs. UMD Wolves

Both teams started the game slowly on offense as the lead went back and forth. The Racers were just beginning to pull away, but the run was stopped by three, 3-point field goals from Porter.

Porter pulled the Wolves back in the game in the second half, scoring 15 of his game-high 24 points in the second half. He finished the game 4-7 from behind the three point arc.

The Wolves showed off their inside presence as forwards DeAngelo Solomon and Jeff Fick held the Racers leading scorer, Derrick Tate, to just 14 points. Tate was frustrated as he eventually fouled out of the game. Fick finished with 12 points and four blocks.

Freshman guard Eric Murphy missed the game as the team continues to struggle with a flu bug.

The Wolves returned from a four game road trip in which they finished 1-3, beating Marygrove College (Detroit, MI) and scoring a season-high 76 points. The Wolves will play a home game at Henry Ford Community College on Saturday, December 15 against the Cornerstone University Golden Eagles (Grand Rapids, MI).