By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor
The UM-Dearborn men’s basketball team faced some uphill battles this week and fell short down the stretch.
The Wolverines traveled to Sylvania, Ohio on Saturday to take on the Gray Wolves of Lourdes University. The Wolverines got into a hole early as they were down 32-18 after the first half.
The Gray Wolves had their number as they finished the second half with 27 points to seal the game with a 59-49 point victory. The Wolverines surged back scoring 31 points in the second half but it just was not enough.
Junior Xavier Crofford led the Wolverines with 13 points, making three of five from the free throw line. Crofford had seven rebounds which was tied for the lead. He also had two steals.
Senior Jason Penn added 11 points of his own. He went five of eight from the line. Penn also had five rebounds, two blocks, and an assist. Junior Mafiaion Joyner scored 10 points including the team’s only 3-pointer. He also went five of eight from the free throw line, two steals, an assist, and tied for the lead with seven rebounds.
The Wolverines had a dismal shooting percentage, making only 15 of 51 shots attempted and only 1 of 14 shots from downtown.
The Gray Wolves were led by Jordan Fabry’s 18 points and Malik Thurman’s 11 points.
The Wolverines also played on Wednesday night at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse as they welcomed the Saints of Aquinas College. The game was back and forth throughout the contest and the Wolverines were only down by a point by the end of the first half. The second half saw more back and forth, ending with the Saints winning 66-61.
The Wolverines were led by Jason Penn, who scored 19 points including 7 of 9 from the free throw line. He also led the team with seven rebounds and three blocks. Penn also added three assists.
Sophomore Cody Kegley scored 18 points. He made both shots from the free throw line and made four from downtown. Kegley led the team with three steals and five assists. He also added six rebounds.
Senior Gage Throgmorton made his presence felt as he made three 3-pointers which made up his nine points. He added three rebounds, three assists, and a block.
The Saints were led by Opeyemi Sholesi who scored 14 points. Three other Saints scored over 10 points.
The Wolverines look to stop their four game slide as they welcome in Rochester College on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse. There will also be an appearance by the Wolverine Trooper at the game and a special award ceremony by WHAC Commissioner Rob Miller.