By JERAMY STOVER, Staff Reporter
Conference play has started for men’s basketball in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. The University of Michigan-Dearborn failed to win its first three games against conference foes.
But sometimes good things come in fours.
UM-Dearborn (2-7, 1-3 WHAC) routed Lawrence Tech University, 66-45, Tuesday in its fourth conference game of the season. Junior guard Darryl Mobley Jr. led the Wolverines with 18 points.
“I think we played a very good game,” sophomore Brandon Cole said. “A lot of people got involved in the offense, and we played solid defense as well.”
The Blue Devils led the Wolverines for the first five minutes, but from that point, they never had control of the scoreboard again. Khalil Beidoun scored eight consecutive points halfway through the first half to increase UM-Dearborn’s lead to double-digits. The Wolverines took a 30-23 lead into halftime.
Mobley Jr. scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half. He finished 6-for-7 from three-point range on the night.
After a Mobley Jr. three pointer with 14:09 left, UM-Dearborn’s lead did not fall below 10. Beidoun scored the Wolverines’ final three points to finish off the Blue Devils.
“Mobley had an amazing shooting display, which definitely helped, and the early spark by Khalil Beidoun also got us going,” senior Jamiel Strickland said. “Both guys were a huge factor in our offensive success.”
Strickland scored 12 points and was 4-for-5 on three-point attempts.
Brandon Keur led Lawrence Tech with 12 points.
The Wolverines shot over 50 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Blue Devils 30-22.
UM-Dearborn committed more fouls and turnovers than the Blue Devils, which is something Strickland says the team will work on.
“Reducing our turnovers and not foul,” Strickland said. “We are an excellent defensive team but we tend to put teams on the free-throw line which gives other teams easy points, and reducing our turnovers can give us more shots and give them less chances.”
UM-Dearborn hosts Adrian College Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m.