Site: Livonia, Mich. (Activities Center)
Score: No. 25 Madonna 86, Siena Heights 69
Records: MU (12-5, 7-2 WHAC), SHU (4-13, 3-7 WHAC)
Next MU event: Wednesday, Jan. 9 – at UM-Dearborn (Dearborn, Mich.) – 7:30 p.m.
LIVONIA, Mich. – Led by 21 points from junior forward Fred Williams (Oak Park, Mich. / Berkley) and another near triple-double from junior guard Bobby Naubert, the Madonna University (No. 25 NAIA) men's basketball team downed Siena Heights, 86-69, on Saturday (Jan. 5) at the Activities Center.
The win moved MU into a tie for first place in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) as the Crusaders are now 7-2 in the league – 12-5 overall – and are tied with Davenport and Indiana Tech. MU beat both DU and IT earlier this season.
In addition to Williams' 21 markers and six rebounds, Naubert added 16 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds for MU while fellow junior guard Travis Schuba (Rapid City, Mich. / Kalkaska) matched Naubert with 16 points of his own. Senior forward Eoghann Stephens (Liss, England / Albion) rounded out the quartet in double figures with 10 points and three blocked shots. Stephens leads the nation with 48 blocked shots this season.
Madonna opened the game on an 11-2 run over the first 3:25 of the game, getting five points from Naubert and four more from Stephens to take its biggest lead of the half to that point.
Trailing by nine, 22-13, SHU went on a 5-0 run with a basket from Corey Hungerford and a 3-pointer from JaVon Flowers to pull within four, 22-18, with 9:22 left in the half.
The two sides began to trade baskets with MU going up by as many as nine again, only to see SHU cut the lead down to four on four occasions, the last coming at 34-30, after a Latwan Wesley jumper with 2:29 to go.
Following the Wesley jumper, the Crusaders – more accurately Williams – went on a 6-0 run as the 6-8 swingman canned back-to-back 3-pointers in a 39 second span to put MU back on top by 10, 40-30. MU and SHU traded baskets before a pair of Cody Johnson free throws closed the scoring in the first 20 minutes with MU on top, 42-34.
Coming out of the break MU went on a 6-0 run with junior guard Matt Jenkins (Plymouth, Mich. / Fr. Gabriel Richard Catholic), Naubert and Stephens all scoring to give the home side a 48-34 lead. SHU cut the MU lead down to 10, 48-38, on a 4-0 run of its own but one of Schuba's four triples on the day followed by back-to-back Stephens' scores put MU on top by 17, 55-38.
SHU got to within 11 points, 65-54, with 8:33 left in the game but MU answered back with a layup from junior forward Derek Lennen (Schoolcraft, Mich. / Schoolcraft) and another Schuba 3-pointer to go back on top by 16, and eventually pulled away for the 86-69 win.
Ryan Hopson led SHU (4-13, 3-7 WHAC) with 16 points while Johnson added 14 points and Donovon Campbell chipped in with 10 markers in the loss.
Madonna leaves the Activities Center for its shortest road trip of the season on Wednesday (Jan. 9), heading to UM-Dearborn for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff against the Wolves. The game is the back half of a women's and men's double header against the Wolves.
Contact: Patrick Moore (734) 432-5834
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