Site: Dearborn, Mich. (UMD Field House)
Score: No. 24 Madonna 77, UM-Dearborn 67
Records: MU (13-5, 8-2 WHAC), UMD (4-14, 2-8 WHAC)
Next MU event: Saturday, Jan. 12 – vs. Aquinas (Activities Center) – 3 p.m.
DEARBORN, Mich. – Down by as many as 11 points in the second half, the No. 24-ranked Madonna University men's basketball team rallied as junior forward Fred Williams scored 23 of his career-high 29 points in the second half to propel the Crusaders to a 77-67 come-from-behind win over UM-Dearborn on Wednesday night (Jan. 9) at the UMD Field House.
The win was MU's fifth straight overall and fifth straight in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. With MU's victory and losses by Davenport and Indiana Tech on Wednesday, the Crusaders find themselves alone in first place in the WHAC.
Williams (Oak Park, Mich. / Berkley) led MU with his 29 points while junior Bobby Naubert (Livonia, Mich. / Stevenson) added 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Junior forward Derek Lennen (Schoolcraft, Mich. / Schoolcraft) added nine markers off the bench for the Crusaders.
The two sides came out and matched each other through the first 15:51 of game time, forcing a 21-all tie with 6:09 left. MU took a brief two-point lead, 23-21, after a pair of Naubert free throw makes but UMD retook the lead on a Jordan Konior triple to make it 24-23 with 5:29 to go.
Down three, 26-23, MU used a Lennen jumper and a Williams triple to take a 28-26 lead with 2:37 left.
UMD closed the final 1:49 on a 15-3 run to take a 38-30 lead into halftime.
Julius Porter knocked down a 3-pointer 11 seconds into the second half to give UMD its largest lead of the game, 41-30. UMD maintained its lead and held another 11-point cushion, 47-36, with 16:03 left before MU went on a big run of its own to take the lead back.
Naubert knocked down a jumper in the lane and Lennen followed up with a 3-pointer to make it 47-41 and start a 16-2 MU run that spanned 6:02. Williams scored on back-to-back possessions to pull MU within two, 47-45. After a UMD basket, Naubert drove the lane and scored, making it 49-47. Senior forward Eoghann Stephens (Liss, England / Albion) converted a pair of free throws to tie the game at 49-all. Williams gave the Crusaders the lead back with a triple to make it 52-49 with 10:02 to go.
UMD retook the lead briefly after four free throws from Porter but Williams knocked down another of his five 3-pointers to give MU the lead back for good at 55-53. The Crusaders went up by as many as 12 in the waning moments before taking home the hard fought 77-67 victory.
Porter led all players with 31 points, shooting 6-of-12 from beyond the arc. Jeff Fick pulled in 11 rebounds for the Wolves.
The Crusaders return home for a brief one-game homestand on Saturday (Jan. 12), hosting Aquinas in a 3 p.m. tip-off at the Activities Center. The game is the second half of a double header with the MU men's team.
Contact: Patrick Moore (734) 432-5834
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