By: Phillip Lutz, sports Editor
The UM-Dearborn men’s basketball team played two quality WHAC (Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference) games this week. They defeated the University of Northwestern Ohio Racers 80-72 and the Siena Heights University Saints 94-84. The Wolverines now improve to 8-4 overall and 5-1 in the WHAC.
The Wolverines hosted the Racers Wednesday at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse. The teams were battling in a low scoring affair early in the first half. The second half really ignited both teams where the lead changed multiple times. Finally Jason Penn (SR/Detroit, Michigan) took it upon himself scoring nine points in the final few minutes to give the Wolverines the win. Mafiaion Joyner (JR/Battle Creek, Michigan) hit two 3-pointers sealing the deal for the Wolverines.
“The game was a game of runs by both teams and the Racers are a really talented team” coach Taylor Langley said Monday. He went on to say “We stayed together, kept our poise and our cool. We made the plays to get the win.”
Xavier Crofford (JR/Detroit, Michigan) led the Wolverines in scoring with 22 points. He made two 3-pointers, went two for two from the free throw line, three rebounds and two assists. Ashton Curd (SR/Detroit, Michigan) scored 16 points including a 3-pointer and making three of four from the free throw line. He also had three rebounds, two steals, and an assist.
Mafiaion Joyner scored 14 points including two huge 3-pointers and going four for four from the free throw line. He also added six rebounds, a block, two steals, and two assists. Jason Penn would not be denied as he added 12 points of his own including going four of seven from the free throw line. He also had four rebounds, three steals, and an assist.
The Racers leading scorer was Sadeeq Belle who scored 19 points.
The Wolverines traveled to Adrian, Michigan Saturday to take on the Siena Heights University Saints in another WHAC contest. The Wolverines shot a record 68.8 percent from the field as they won the game to improve in the WHAC standings. This win puts the Wolverines in a tie for second place and a game back behind Cornerstone University the reigning champion.
The Wolverines made a huge surge early missing only two shots in the first half. The Saints made it interesting in the second half but eventually falling just short as the Wolverines held on to win.
“They were really good on offense that night, and good on the offensive end” Langley said on Monday.
Xavier Crofford and Gage Throgmorton (SR/White Lake, Michigan) led the Wolverines with 18 points each. Crofford made two free throws, had four rebounds, and two assists. Throgmorton made three 3-pointers, and went five for five from the free throw line. He also added three assists, two blocks, and a rebound.
“Xavier was good in both games this week. He was shooting at a high percentage, tough to stop. He got into the paint and got timely shots including making a couple 3-pointers at the end of the game” Langley said.
Ashton Curd scored 16 points of his own including a 3-pointer, and making five of eight from the free throw line. He also had four assist, two steals, and a rebound. Cody Kegley (SO/Yale, Michigan) scored 15 points including making four 3-pointers which led the team. He also had a free throw, four rebounds, two steals, and two assists.
“My favorite part of the week was getting wins in conference because this is a good deep conference. Our guys were level headed and consistent, I hope we can continue that this week” Langely said on Monday.
The Wolverines will look to continue their win streak as they welcome Lawrence Technological University to the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse Wednesday at 7:30 p,m.