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@ MATTHAEI BLG GYM: Wayne State
has gotten hot at the right time.
An also-ran all season, the Warrior
men's basketballers won their fourth
in a row Saturday afternoon, 88-80
over visiting Ferris State.
WSU is seeded 7th in the GLIAC
post-season tournament and will go
to Lake Superior State in Tuesday
night's opening round.
Wayne never trailed, were tied four times
with the Bulldogs in the 1st-H and led by as many as 17-P (66-49) midway
through the 2nd-H on Saturday at the Matthaei.
Shane Lawal had game-highs of 20-P & 12-RB for Wayne. Reggie Stallings
had 19-P, Jerry Oden 12-P and Bryan Wright & Ricky Rowse each scored 11-P
for the Warriors. Bryan Smothers (3-P) had a game-high 7-A.
Josh Young led Ferris with 18-P. Justin Keenan had 16-P, Austin Randel 12-P
and Dontae Molden 10-P for the Bulldogs.
Wayne ends regular season play 12-14 overall including 10-12 in the GLIAC.
Ferris winds up 14-13 and 12-10, is seeded fifth for the conference tourney
and will therefore visit neighboring Grand Valley Tuesday.
@ CALIHAN HALL: The UDM Titans lost a "Senior Day" contest to Wisconsin-
Milwaukee, 68-63 Saturday evening.
After a 25-all/1st-H tie, the visitors led 32-27 at the half. A 14-4 run by
the Panthers put Milwaukee ahead 56-44 midway through the 2nd-H. The best
Detroit could do after that was get within 5-P on multiple late occasions, including
a 7-1 burst over a 30-sec span to briefly make the score 65-60.
Ricky Franklin had a game-high 19-P for Milwaukee. Reserve Jason Averkamp
added 13-P and Tony Meier 12-P for the Panthers.
Woody Payne scored 10-P and Michael Harrington 9-P for the Titans.
UDM ends regular season play at 7-22 overall including 2-17 in the Horizon LGE.
Wisc-Milwaukee is 16-13 and 11-7.
The result of last day tiebreakers, Detroit will visit Cleveland State Tuesday
night to open the Horizon men's basketball tournament.
@ ATHLETICS CENTER O'RENA: Oakland ended a perfect on-campus home court
men's basketball season by beating UMKC 100-88 on "Senior Night" Saturday in
It was a record-setting contest for Oakland with Erik Kangas sinking five
3-pointers to set a new Summit LGE single season record with 119 made triples
and Keith Benson scoring a new career-high of 28-P. The Golden Grizzlies also
won 20 games in a season for the first time in their NCAA-D1 era.
OU went a perfect 11-0 at the O'Rena and stretched their home court winning
streak to 13 consecutive games.
The 100-P in the game and the 50-P in the 1st-H were both OU season-highs.
Oakland scored the game's first 6-P and never looked back, leading by as many
as 20-P (38-18) on a Kangas 3-ball with 7:29 to play in the opening half.
Kangas had a game-high 30-P (to reach that plateau for a third time this season),
Benson his 28 and Johnathon Jones 18-P with 13-A for his fourth double-double.
Spencer Johnson scored 24-P, Bakari Lewis 16-P, Dane Brumagin 14-P and James
Humphrey 13-P for the Kangaroos.
UMKC made all 19 of its free throw attempts.
Oakland ends the regular season 20-11 and 13-5 in Summit LGE play. The Griz
are the #3 seed in the Summit tournament in Sioux Falls, SD and will face IPFW on
Sunday, March 8th. UMKC is now 7-24 and 3-15.
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