Men's Basketball Drops WHAC Road Contest at Michigan-Dearborn
Men's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 10, 2015
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University of Michigan-Dearborn
Madonna 7-11, 3-7 WHAC293463
Michigan-Dearborn 6-11, 3-7 WHAC432871
Jan. 10, 2015
Dearborn, Mich. (UMD Fieldhouse)
Attendance: 121
MadonnaIndv. LeadersMichigan-Dearborn
#04 Khalil Malone - 22Points 2 Players (#02,#32) - 19
#05 Grant Smith - 7Rebounds #32 Penn, Jason - 7
#04 Khalil Malone - 6Assists #21 Cole, Brandon - 4
MadonnaTeam StatisticsMichigan-Dearborn
39% (23 - 59) Field Goals % 48.1% (26 - 54)
22.7% (5 - 22) 3 Point Field Goals % 50% (7 - 14)
70.6% (12 - 17) Free Throws 60% (12 - 20)
30Rebounds 39
12Assists 17
10Turnovers 13
132nd Chance Pts 13

Box Score

Site: Dearborn, Mich. (UMD Fieldhouse)
Score: Michigan-Dearborn 71, Madonna 63
Records: MU (7-11, 3-7 WHAC), UMD (6-10, 3-7 WHAC)
Next MU event: Wednesday, Jan. 15 – vs. Northwestern Ohio (Activities Center) – 7:30 p.m. 

DEARBORN, Mich. – After trailing by as many as 19 points in the second half, the Madonna University men's basketball team rallied to pull within four, but could not complete the comeback, dropping a 71-63 decision on Saturday at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference action at the UMD Fieldhouse.

Sophomore Khalil Malone (Pontiac, Mich. / Mott) led the Crusaders with 22 points and six assists. Senior Shaun Duncan (Detroit, Mich. / Pershing) joined Malone in double figures with 12 points. Classmate Donald Owens (Detroit, Mich. / Inkster) and freshman Chris Dierker (Canton, Mich. / Salem) added eight and seven points respectively. Freshman Grant Smith (Davison, Mich. / Goodrich) led MU in rebounds with seven while playing a career-best 30 minutes off of the bench.

Leading by two, 16-14, following a Malone free throw with 12:49 left in the first half, UMD went on an 11-2 run over the next three and a half minutes to take its first double digit lead of the game, 27-16. MU got back within eight, but could not get any closer in the first half, trailing 43-29 at intermission.

Coming out of the break the Wolverines extended their lead out to 19, 51-32, with 14:33 to play in the game. The Crusaders began to chip away at the lead as Dierker scored four straight points followed by a triple from Duncan that pulled MU within seven, 53-46 with 8:04 left. 

UMD answered back with a 3-pointer of its own and led by eight, 59-51, with 4:26 to play. A jumper from Owens, followed by a Duncan jumper made it a four point game, 59-55, with 3:34 left. The two sides traded baskets before UMD went up by seven, 64-57, on a Jamiel Strickland triple. Owens answered back with a basket that got MU within five, but the Crusaders could not get any closer, falling 71-63.

Jason Penn and Strickland led UMD with 19 points each as the hosts out shot Madonna 48 percent (26-of-54) to 39 percent (23-of-59).

After opening 2015 with three straight road games, the Crusaders return to the Activities Center for a 7:30 p.m. game against Northwestern Ohio on Wednesday (Jan. 15)

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Record: 5-3 Home: 4-1 Away: 1-2 WHAC: 1-1