|Madonna 7-11, 3-7 WHAC||29||34||63|
|Michigan-Dearborn 6-11, 3-7 WHAC||43||28||71|
|Jan. 10, 2015|
|Dearborn, Mich. (UMD Fieldhouse)|
|#04 Khalil Malone - 22||Points||2 Players (#02,#32) - 19|
|#05 Grant Smith - 7||Rebounds||#32 Penn, Jason - 7|
|#04 Khalil Malone - 6||Assists||#21 Cole, Brandon - 4|
|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)|
|13||2nd Chance Pts||13|
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)