By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor
The UM-Dearborn men’s basketball team secured its first postseason home basketball game in program history with huge wins against Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) opponents this week.
The Wolverines started their week off as they traveled to Northwestern Ohio to take on the Racers in their final away game of the season. The Wolverines began the game with the first score and never looked back as they defeated the Racers 76-64.
The team was led by Sophomore Cody Kegley who scored 21 points including hitting a perfect three for three from the free throw line. Kegley also hit four crucial 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists, and a steal.
Coach Taylor Langley said“Cody is a special player, he is positive, and can make an impact even when not scoring the ball.” He went on to say “he is has the ability to pass, defend, create ability for others, and he feels very comfortable in his new role with the team.”
Senior Gage Throgmorton added 16 points including hitting three of eight from downtown. He also had six rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block. Senior Jason Penn also had 12 points including hitting both of his attempted free throws. Penn also had five rebounds and two blocks.
Junior Donovan Farrell led the team with 10 rebounds. Senior Ashton Curd contributed with five assists and six rebounds off the bench.
The Racers were led by Sadeeq Bello who had 18 points and Xander Smart with 12 points.
“It was a cleaner game. We were solid, focused, and everyone contributed in a positive way” Langley said.
The Wolverines returned home Saturday to play the first of their final two homes games at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse as they took on the Crusaders of Madonna University. This was a crucial game as the Wolverines were looking for retribution after their loss earlier in the season to the Crusaders.
The two teams had a back and forth game and the Wolverines found themselves up 25-23 at the half. The Wolverines fought off the Crusaders in the second half as they defeated the Crusaders 67-63.
“We let them back in the game, did not maintain the same effort, but we found a way to win the game” Langley said.
The Wolverines were led by Jason Penn who scored 15 points and 10 rebounds, giving him a double-double. He also had four blocks, three steals and an assist.
Gage Throgmorton added 13 points including hitting three 3-pointers and going two for two from the free throw line. He also had four rebounds, a steal, and an assist.
“Gage is having a special season and he is a great kid and a great person. He opens up so many things for our team” Langley said.
Donovan Farrell, Ashton Curd, and junior Alex Hagel all added seven points each in the game. Hagel added a shot from downtown and went a perfect four for four from the free throw line. Cody Kegley led the team with five assists.
The Crusaders were led by Davon Taylor with 15 points and Jonathan Swift added 14 points.
The Wolverines now have an overall record of 18-11 and a 13-6 record in the WHAC. The Wolverines have wrapped up third place in the WHAC standings.
The Wolverines will play their final game of the regular season on Wednesday night as they welcome in the No. 1 Cornerstone University at 7:30 p.m. This will also be senior night as the Wolverines will recognize and thank the departing seniors.
“We will need to play an offensive game. Cornerstone is a very defensive team. We will need to make shots from the outside and play as a team” Langley said. He went on to say “we have six players in double digits and that is a great strength for our team.”