By: Micah White, Guest Writer
The University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s basketball team successfully battled their way to an outstanding win in overtime against Concordia University during a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference matchup, on Saturday.
It was a slow start for the Wolverines in the first half, but they managed to end the game 80-77. This win put the Wolverines 7-1 within the WHAC and an overall record of 10-4.
For the Wolverines, Ashton Curd ended the game with a team high of 21 points, he also added nine rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Jason Penn had a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Both Cody Kegley and Gage Throgmorton added eight points. Kegley had the team high of six assists and Throgmorton had six rebounds. Mafiaion Joyner came off the bench to score 12 points and Donovan Farrell added nine points.
The Wolverines struggled with going 1-8 beyond the arc in the first half which caused them to be 12.5%. They did not shoot any free-throws and went 28.2% from the field. They ended the half 23-33.
The energy completely changed in the second half with the Wolverines going on a 17-0 run within the first six minutes. Curd added 10 points out of the 17 and it forced Concordia to call a timeout with the score of 40-33.
“We knew how important this game was.” Jason Penn said, “We have Ashton who encourages us and Coach Hudson who gives us speeches, but it’s a team effort. I believe the bench and the crowd got engaged to give us energy and help change the momentum of the game as well.”
The Wolverines battled to maintain the lead, until Concordia made a layup with 6.7 seconds left to go in the half to tie the game 66-66.
The emotions were high amongst the two teams as they battled through overtime. There was a technical called on Jared McDaniel from Concordia along with a foul from Dakota Bostic which caused four straight free-throws for Dearborn. The score was 79-77 when Penn was fouled at 25 seconds. Penn made 1-2 and caused the Wolverines to end with a victory.
“We beat them the first time so we knew that they didn’t want to get swept.” coach Taylor Langley said, “So they gave us their all. I’m very proud of my guys for keeping their cool and pulling through.”
For Concordia University, Jalen Thompson had the team high of 24 points, Connor Phee had 16 points, and Dakota Bostic added 13 points.
The Wolverines will continue their season with an exhibition against Wayne State University on Tuesday.