By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor
The No. 7 UM-Dearborn men’s basketball team took the No. 2 St. Thomas University Cougars to the brink, but the Cougars pulled out the overtime win with a score of 79-77.
The Cougars got out to an early lead, but the Wolverines came back to make it a slight Cougar lead going into halftime with 34-31. The Wolverines fought all the way with the lead swinging back and forth throughout regulation.
The Wolverines kept fighting until the last second shot in overtime by senior Ashton Curd came up just short and a scrum under the basket for the rebound gave the Wolverines the two point loss. This ended the season for the Wolverines with a year full of firsts.
They had their first home playoff game, won the WHAC Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) title, and it was the first time the team went to the NAIA National tournament.
Junior Mafiaion Joyner came off the bench to lead the Wolverines with 27 points including making six from 3-point range and hitting three free throws. He also had four rebounds and a steal.
Seniors Gage Throgmorton and Jason Penn each added 13 points. Throgmorton also had six rebounds, three steals, four free throws, and an assist. Penn added 13 rebounds giving him a double-double, eight assists, two blocks, and a steal.
The Wolverines ended their season with an overall record of 21-13 and a 13-7 record in the WHAC.
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