By: DAN JENKINS, WOLVES MEN’S BASKETBALL BEAT REPORTER
The Wolves Men’s basketball team postseason hopes took a hit this past Saturday, as they lost on the road Saturday night, 94-54, to Cornerstone.
University of Michigan-Dearborn was plagued by turnovers from the start. The team turned the ball over to Cornerstone 12 times in the first half, while the Golden Eagles countered with zero. UM-D finished the game with a total of 19 turnovers.
The Wolves’ giveaways lead to easy transition buckets for Cornerstone, which scored 16 points off turnovers. Cornerstone got solid production from behind the 3-point line, shooting 9-of-20 on the night.
Wolves coach John Mackson was not pleased with his team’s effort on the defensive end. “We didn’t do anything to stop them,” Mackson said. “We have to actually attempt to play defense.”
The Wolves gave up a season-high 94 points and allowed Cornerstone to shoot 50.8% from the floor. Cornerstone had 25 assists on 34 total made field goals and showed a well-rounded offense by scoring 30 points in the paint.
UM-D had only two players score in double figure with Jeff Fick and Khalil Beidoun each scoring 11 points. Beidoun finished with a game-high, seven rebounds and shot 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
The Wolves managed to go scoreless from behind the 3-point line for just the second time this season, missing all nine of their attempts. The other instance came earlier this season against Indiana Tech when they shot 0-of-11.
UM-D senior guard Julius Porter was held to a season-low four field goal attempts and finished the game with just six points, his third lowest output of the season. Porter is currently approaching the 1,000 career point milestone, needing just 18 points over the last four games of the season.
Cornerstone was led by strong play from its bench, which outscored UM-D 38-16. Guard Alex Lyle led the way with 19 points and 3-of-4 three-point shooting.
With the loss, the Wolves’ playoff hopes begin to dwindle. Sitting four games out of the eighth and final playoff spot the Wolves would have to win their final four games of the season and hope for Aquinas College to lose its last four.
The Wolves still have to play two difficult road games against WHAC #1 Davenport and #3 Madonna, in which both teams defeated the Wolves in early-January.
“There’s ways to win games and there’s ways to lose games. There’s a lot more ways to lose games. Just playing is not enough to win.” said Mackson following Saturday’s loss.
The Wolves will travel to take on first-place Davenport on Wednesday and come home for their final home game of the season on Saturday against Lawrence Tech. Saturday will be Senior night as UM-D will celebrate the careers of seniors Julius Porter and Graham Nash.