|Marygrove 1-15; 0-8 WHAC||33||27||60|
|Lourdes 11-5; 6-2 WHAC||33||42||75|
|Jan. 4, 2014|
|Sylvania, Ohio (Tam-O-Shanter)|
|#01 Darryll Dixon - 18||Points||#14 Zach Steinmetz - 22|
|#01 Darryll Dixon - 6||Rebounds||#14 Zach Steinmetz - 15|
|#01 Darryll Dixon - 3||Assists||#35 Nick Robertson - 3|
|31.8% (21 - 66)||Field Goals %||53.2% (25 - 47)|
|21.4% (6 - 28)||3 Point Field Goals %||0% (0 - 3)|
|60% (12 - 20)||Free Throws||71.4% (25 - 35)|
|3||2nd Chance Pts||13|
SYLVANIA, Ohio -- First year head coach Craig Covington and the Mustangs (1-15; 0-8 WHAC) hit the road Saturday (Jan. 4) to tip-off the second half of Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play at NAIA No. 25 Lourdes University (11-5; 6-2 WHAC). The new look Mustangs frustrated the nationally-ranked Gray Wolves early and often, but could not keep the hosts off the boards and out of the paint to fall, 75-60.
After surviving an early Lourdes push, the Mustangs went up by one (9-8) on a three-pointer from sophomore guard Diante Taylor (Battle Creek, Mich./Central). The go-ahead basket gave a hungry Mustang team momentum and eventually led to a nine-point lead when Darryll Dixon (Flint, Mich./Hamady) connected on his triply try to push Marygrove's advantage to 28-19 with 5:51 left to play in the first half.
The Mustangs – stymied late in the half due to foul trouble – would manage to only tack on five more points over the final 5:51 of the first half as the Gray Wolves controlled the paint on their way to a 14-5 run to even up the contest at the break, 33-33.
The upset-minded Mustangs – lacking size and depth in the frontcourt when lined up against a big Lourdes squad – gave up 24 points in the paint compared to eight of their own in an otherwise even first half.
Determined to notch what would be their third win over a nationally-ranked NAIA team, the Mustangs battled closely with the Gray Wolves until the 8:24 mark of the second half when Lourdes expanded their one-point, 53-52, lead to the final of 75-60 behind a 22-8 run to close Saturday's WHAC contest.
In the end, the Gray Wolves were too much for the Mustangs in two key areas Lourdes used a 46-18 advantage in the paint and a 50-28 edge on the glass to stave off a dangerous Marygrove squad.
In his third regular season contest of the season, junior guard Darryll Dixon poured in a team-high 18 points to go along with six rebounds, four steals, and three assists to help keep the Mustangs alive most of the game. Fellow guard Diante Taylor added 17 points to continue his strong sophomore campaign, while freshman forward Jimmy Stewart (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte) rounded out the double-digit performers with 11 points for the Mustangs.
Lourdes was paced by Zach Steinmetz with 22 points and 15 rebounds. As a team, Lourdes benefitted greatly on the charity stripe by going 25-of-35 while Marygrove was only awarded 19 trips, converting on 12.
The Mustangs will return home after a month away from Detroit's Northwest Activities Center with a 7:30 p.m. tip Wednesday (Jan. 8) against Siena Heights University. Live audio and live stats will be available on the Mustang Sports Network or by visiting marygrovemustangs.com/live.
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