BY: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor
The UM-Dearborn men’s basketball team opened their weekly play at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse. The Wolverines faced off against the No. 5 Indiana Tech Warriors.
The Warriors started off hot, but couldn’t keep the surging Wolverines down. The Wolverines made kept the score by end of the first half, making it 38-35 in favor of the Warriors.
The teams went back and forth throughout the second half and were within striking distance with two minutes to go. The Wolverines were able to tie it up and force overtime with shots from senior Jason Penn and junior Mafiaion Joyner.
The overtime belonged to the Wolverines as they got crucial shots from Joyner who scored seven points.
The Wolverines defeated No. 5 Indiana Tech 91-84.
Penn led the Wolverines with 27 points including hitting 9 of 11 from the free throw line. He also added 12 rebounds, two steals, and an assist. Joyner added 17 points off the bench including hitting three of six from 3-point range. He also made 4 of 8 free throws, three rebounds, and an assist.
Junior Donovan Farrell added 12 points off the bench. Farrell added five rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Senior Gage Throgmorton and sophomore Cody Kegley each added 10 points. Kegley also led the Wolverines with nine assists.
The Warriors were led by Darren Groves with 27 points and 18 rebounds. Joel Wincowski had 25 points.
The Wolverines were not done as they traveled to Grand Rapids on Saturday to take on the Saints of Aquinas College. The game was back and forth between with the Saints pulling ahead to win 65-62.
The Wolverines were led by Jason Penn with 23 points. He also added four rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal. Mafiaion Joyner came off the bench to add 12 points of his own. He also had seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
Junior Xavier Crofford would not be denied as he scored 11 points. He also added eight rebounds, two assists, and a block.
The Saints were led by Deric Murray with 16 points and Rob Deiz with 13 points.
The loss drops the Wolverines to 16-11 overall and 11-6 in the WHAC. The Wolverines are fighting to stay in the playoff hunt as they find themselves in the middle of the pack in the WHAC.
The Wolverines have their final away game of the season on Wed. at 7:30 p.m. as they face off against the Northwestern Ohio Racers.