GAME 30: MARYGROVE (3-26; 2-19 WHAC) vs. MICHIGAN-DEARBORN (8-21; 5-16 WHAC)
Saturday, February 22 | 3 p.m.
Northwest Activities Center | Detroit, Mich.
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Marygrove Men's Basketball – Game 30
The men's basketball series between Marygrove and the University of Michigan-Dearborn dates all the way back to the inaugural season of Mustang basketball during the 2002-03 season. Marygrove won the inaugural meeting, 79-60, on Jan. 25, 2003 to tip off a series that has accumulated 13 all-time meetings. Marygrove and Dearborn were deadlocked at 5-5 in the series before the Mustangs joined the WHAC in 2012. Since then, the Wolverines have won all three meetings to take an 8-5 edge in the series.
THE LAST TIME THEY PLAYED
The Wolverines jumped out to an early 19-point lead and never looked back on their way to defeating the Mustangs, 82-58, on Dec. 4. The Wolverines shot 52-percent for the game compared to the Mustangs 35-percent effort from the floor. The Mustangs were led by sophomore guard Diante Taylor with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Gage Throgmorton led the Wolverines with 22 points and five rebounds.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
The Wolverines are led by reigning WHAC Player of the Week Jamiel Strickland. The guard is the lone Wolverine averaging double figures with 11.4 points per game. Strickland is followed by Gage Throgmorton and Marcus Tillmon-Cornet at 9.3 and 7.6 points per game, respectively. As a team, the Wolverines are 29th in NAIA Div. II in scoring defense per game and 35th in three-point field goal percentage defense. The Wolverines hold opponents to 70 points per game and 32-percent shooting from deep.
The Mustangs picked up one of their five overall victories in the series with an 82-68 victory over Michigan-Dearborn on Feb. 23, 2009 in Detroit. Marcus Hopkins led the Mustangs with a game-high 21 points, while Nick Roberts tallied 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting from three-point range. Frank Murdock bullied his way to a 12-point, 12-rebound game and added three blocks in the 14-point triumph.
"We have been playing quality basketball at home down the stretch," said first year head coach Craig Covington. "Our defense, and overall effort, has been much better when we are at NWAC and I look for more of the same Saturday as the guys want to send the seniors out victorious. As a team, we also want to match last year's WHAC win total and we can do so with a win this weekend. It's simple for our seniors, leave it all on the floor."
NAIA TOP 50 RANKINGS
The Mustangs rank among the NAIA's Top-50 as a team in five categories according to the association's statistics site. As a team, the Mustangs rank highly in total blocks (15th), blocks per game (18th), offensive rebounds per game (31st, total steals (32nd) and steals per game (42nd). Kenny Enoex ranks second in total blocks (67) and blocks per game (2.4), while Diante Taylor chimes in at 37th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (2.8).
THANK YOU SENIORS!
The Mustangs' four seniors, Kenny Enoex, Eric Fowlkes, Kevaunte Moore and DeVonte Pryor, will be honored prior to tip-off Saturday with a special Senior Day 2014 ceremony. The four Mustangs have made a great impact within the program and the Marygrove community as a whole over the course of their collegiate careers. The coaching staff and administration wish all of our seniors the best of luck in their future endeavors.
DENT MAKES AN IMPACT
Earlier this week, the Mustangs held a signing for 17-year old Cystic Fibrosis patient, Khalil Dent.The 6-foot senior from Roseville signed with Marygrove and was welcomed with open arms by his new teammates. Two days after his signing, Dent ran out onto the NWAC floor as the team's honoary starter. Dent's involvement with the team is just getting underway as Covington has invited the high school senior to any and all team events he can attend.
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