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Site: Livonia, Mich. (Activities Center)
Score: No. 24 Madonna 63, Aquinas 46
Records: MU (14-5, 9-2 WHAC), AQ (8-11, 6-5 WHAC)
Next MU event: Wednesday, Jan. 16 – at Indiana Tech (Fort Wayne, Ind.) – 7:30 p.m.
LIVONIA, Mich. – Junior guard Travis Schuba (Rapid City, Mich. / Kalkaska) scored his 1,000th career point to give the No. 24-ranked Madonna University men's basketball team a double-digit lead it would not relinquish in the second half of a 63-46 win over Aquinas on Saturday (Jan. 12) in a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference game at the Activities Center.
Coming into the game Schuba needed 19 points to reach the 1,000-point mark and got there with a triple in the second half before going on to lead all players with 28 points, knocking down six 3-pointers and going a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Over his two and a half seasons as a Crusader Schuba now has 1,007 points and is in ninth place, passing Charlie Henry's (2004-08) 1,006 markers. Schuba is the second Crusader to pass the 1,000-point mark this season, joining back court mate Bobby Naubert who reached the milestone against Davenport on Dec. 12.
Naubert (Livonia, Mich. / Stevenson) joined Schuba in double figures with 15 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists. Senior forward Eoghann Stephens (Liss, England / Albion) had nine rebounds and extended his nation leading block total to 54 for the season.
The Crusaders opened a 10-point lead, 17-7, over the opening 6:12 of the game only to see the Saints pull within three, 19-16, with 9:10 to go after a 9-2 run of their own. The Crusaders closed the half on a 12-4 run, thanks to five points each from Junior forward Fred Williams (Oak Park, Mich. / Berkley) and Naubert to take a 31-20 lead into halftime.
Coming out of the break the two sides traded baskets until AQ went on a 6-0 run to pull within six, 45-39, with 9:30 left. Neither side scored on the next eight combined possessions before Schuba canned a triple to pass the milestone mark and put MU on top by nine, 48-39. Schuba pushed the MU lead back into double digits on the next trip with a runner in the lane to make it 50-39 with just over six minutes left in the game.
A three minute dry spell by both teams was broken with a Naubert layup that gave MU a 13-point lead and the Crusaders did not let the lead slip below double digits the remaining three minutes in locking up the 17-point victory, 63-46.
Austin Semple led AQ with 13 points and nine rebounds and was joined in double digits by Brett Pfahler's 12 markers.
With the win No. 24 MU maintains its one-game lead in the WHAC standings over No. 8-ranked Davenport.
MU begins the second half of the WHAC season Wednesday night (Jan. 16) at No. 18 Indiana Tech in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
Contact: Patrick Moore (734) 432-5834
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