By: DAN JENKINS, MEN’S BASKETBALL BEAT REPORTER Follow @djmichjournal The Wolves Men’s Basketball team lost in a close game on the road Saturday night to Siena Heights, 71-67, to finish the season with a 7-23 record.
Senior star Julius Porter led the Wolves with 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field. The game was tied at 64 with 4:44 left in the second half when Siena Heights finished the game by going 7-of-13 from the free throw line in the final minutes. The Wolves shot 0-of-7 from the field during the same stretch after Porter tied the game at 64 with a three-point shot. The Wolves finish the season now in 10th place in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) and four games better than last season’s mark of 3-27. The Wolves won five conference games, improving on last season’s two wins.
Porter led the team this season with 16.0 points per game and led the WHAC in steals with 2.29 steals per game. This season, Porter scored his 1000th point on Senior Night against Lawrence Tech.
The Wolves finished the season on a six-game losing streak, but the team had a bright spot this season, starting the second half of the season 4-4 and making a push for the conference tournament, finishing five games outside the last playoff slot. Seniors Porter and Graham Nash will graduate this spring, but the Wolves will return 10 players next season, including four seniors and six juniors.