- Inside Athletics
|Marygrove 1-18; 0-11 WHAC||29||40||69|
|Davenport University 16-3; 9-2 WHAC||41||60||101|
|Jan. 15, 2014|
|Grand Rapids, Mich. (DU Student Center)|
|Marygrove||Indv. Leaders||Davenport University|
|#01 Darryll Dixon - 19||Points||#23 JaVontae Ford - 24|
|#02 JuJuan Armstrong - 6||Rebounds||#05 Kevin Rich - 8|
|2 Players (#01,#02) - 2||Assists||#01 Braima Hai - 7|
|Marygrove||Team Statistics||Davenport University|
|35.9% (23 - 64)||Field Goals %||57.1% (40 - 70)|
|35.3% (12 - 34)||3 Point Field Goals %||38.9% (7 - 18)|
|73.3% (11 - 15)||Free Throws||66.7% (14 - 21)|
|20||2nd Chance Pts||8|
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Frontcourt depth has been an issue all season for Marygrove and first year head coach Craig Covington (1-18; 0-11 WHAC). On Wednesday (Jan. 15), Covington's crew received a welcome addition to their front line when junior forward Xavier Walker suited up in the Green & Gold for the first time. Walker's presence helped, but was not enough as the Mustangs ran into the NAIA's No. 10 team, Davenport University (16-3; 9-2 WHAC), losing by a 101-69 final.
The game marked the beginning of the back half of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) slate for both squads.
The second half of the conference schedule got off to a strong start for the Mustangs as they jumped out to an early 7-5 lead behind a pair of Diante Taylor (Battle Creek, Mich./Central) buckets and a JuJuan Armstrong (Detroit, Mich./UM-Dearborn) layup. The lead would be short lived as the tenth-ranked Panthers went on an 11-0 run over the next three minutes and never looked back on their way to a 41-29 halftime edge over the Mustangs.
Davenport's JaVantae Ford went on a run of his own to begin second half action as he paced the Panthers to a 55-36 lead with 15:55 to play. From there, Ford and the Panthers would close out the game for the 101-69 win sending the Mustangs to 0-11 in WHAC play.
Darryll Dixon (Flint, Mich./Hamady) poured in a team-high 19 points and added three rebounds to lead the Mustangs in his second game since suffering an injury. Taylor tallied 18 points and four rebounds, while Jimmy Stewart (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte) knocked down five triples to account for all of his 15 points.
Armstrong finished with nine points and six boards for the Mustangs. Walker collected three rebounds in his Marygrove debut.
Davenport was led by Ford with 24 points.
As a team, the Mustangs were outshot by the Panthers 36%-to-57%.
The Mustangs return to Northwest Activities Center (NWAC) Saturday (Jan. 18) for a 3 p.m. tipoff against WHAC-leading Cornerstone University. The game can be heard live on the Mustang Sports Network approximately 30 minutes after the women's basketball contest comes to a close Saturday afternoon.
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