By JERAMY STOVER, SPORTS EDITOR
The University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s basketball team tried to walk into an opponent’s gym and ruin their Senior Night for a second consecutive game. But unlike the first time, they weren’t as successful this time around.
The Wolverines fell victim to an energized Lawrence Tech team 66-59 on Wednesday.
Lawrence Tech senior Jake Mullin put on a show in his final game at Ridler Fieldhouse scoring a game high 25 points. Mullin hit four triples in the first half giving his team an early lead.
The Wolverines (15-14, 10-11 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference) would never have that feeling the entire game.
Lawrence Tech (6-23, 5-16 WHAC) came out the second half with a ferocious attack.
They jumped out to a 16 point lead early on, their largest of the night.
UM-Dearborn would go a quick 8-0 run to trim the deficit to eight with over 13 minutes left — plenty of time to rally a comeback.
But the Blue Devils would have none of it, and the seniors on the team made sure of it.
Mullin hit back-to-back three pointers with 3:15 left to put his team up nine. Ali Farhat would hit Deonte Bell with a pass leading to a Bell layup, then Farhat made one of his own to cut the deficit to just four.
But just 30 seconds later, Robbie Geoghean would knock down two free-throws to seal the victory.
Head coach Taylor Langley was not pleased with his team’s performance. Especially when it came to effort.
“We had no effort. We were flat. We underestimated this team and we paid for it,” Langley said.
This was another game the Wolverines played without Anthony Barley, Alex Hagel, and Gage Throgmorton, all players who log a lot of minutes.
But Langley didn’t use that as an excuse. He felt even with what he had to work with, his team was fully capable of winning.
“I think the guys we had out there were good enough to win tonight and they choose not to bring the maximum effort it took to win tonight,” Langley said.
Jason Penn led the Wolverines with 18 points and nine rebounds. Xavier Crofford also contributed with eight points and four rebounds.
Bell agreed that hopefully this game will be a wake-up call for his team, saying “(It) let us know not to come out like that again.”
UM-Dearborn will play its final game of the regular season Saturday against Aquinas. It will be the final home game of the season for the Wolverines. Seniors Paul Standtke and Anthony Barley will be honored as part of Senior Night festivities.