GAME 17: MARYGROVE(1-15; 0-8 WHAC) vs. SIENA HEIGHTS (6-11; 2-7 WHAC)
Wednesday, January 8 | 7:30 p.m.
Northwest Activities Center (NWAC) | Detroit, Mich.
Marygrove Men's Basketball – Game 17
GAME PREVIEW & NOTES
SAINTS OWN THE SERIES
Since the 2008-09 season, the Saints have owned the series over the Mustangs to the tune of a 7-1 record. The Mustangs lone win came on 01/16/2012 when they topped Siena Heights in overtime, 84-80. The Saints are 2-0 all-time against the Mustangs in WHAC play
IT'S TIME FOR THE PLAYOFF PUSH
With a combined WHAC record of 2-16, today's matchup between the Mustangs and Saints is vital to the playoff hopes for each program. Marygrove is winless at 0-8, while Siena Heights comes into the game with a 2-7 conference mark. Each team will look to catch the 8th seed, Aquinas (3-5), in order to qualify for the conference postseason tournament.
A MONTH AWAY FROM HOME
The Mustangs return to the NWAC floor today for the first time since 12/07/2013 when they lost to Aquinas in WHAC action.
LEADING THE WAY
The Mustangs are led in scoring by Darryll Dixon and Diante Taylor with averages of 17.3ppg and 16.4ppg respectively. Siena Heights is paced by Christian Coville with 17ppg and Jamison Webster at 13.3ppg.
HITTING THE BOARDS
Rebounding remains an issue for first year head coach Craig Covington's squad. The Mustangs have been outrebounded in all 16 contests so far this year on their way to a 1-15 record. Siena Heights averages 38.5rpg while Marygrove chimes in at 34.4rpg.
DEFENSE WINS…LEAGUE GAMES
Despite being amongst the nation's leaders in team blocks and steals, the Mustangs have struggled defensively by allowing their opponents to shoot nearly 49% from the floor. The Saints' opponents are shooting 40% from the floor. Siena Heights gave up 93 points to Madonna in their last outing, while Marygrove held #25 Lourdes to 75.
THE THRILL OF VICTORY
First year head coach Craig Covington and the Mustangs tasted victory for the first time in California with a 76-62 win over British Columbia-Okanagan at the 38th Annual Tom Byron Classic.
REIFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED
After starting the season 0-13, the Mustangs received a boost to their lineup when Darryll Dixon and JuJuan Armstrong were added to the fold. Dixon, who last played for the Mustangs in the 2011-12 season, made long-awaited return while Armstrong, a transfer, donned the Green & Gold for the first time. Both have helped the Mustangs to a 1-2 record since their return.
YOUTH PLAYS A ROLE
Playing primarily freshmen and sophomores, the Mustangs have one senior starter on their roster (Kenny Enoex).
TAYLOR TORCHES THE TWINE
Sophomore guard Diante Taylor has been a menace to opposing defenses this season. The sophomore has scored in double figres in all 16 games this season and tallied a career-high 25 points against Saskatchewan on 12/30/2013.
WELCOME TO KENNY'S BLOCK PARTY
Senior forward Kenny Enoex has emerged as a game-changer this season for the Mustangs. Through 16 games, Kenny leads the NAIA in total blocks (49) and blocks per game (3.1).
DIXON MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Darryll Dixon's return to the lineup has jump-started the Mustangs' offense as of late. The junior is averaging just over 17 points per game -- including a season high 23 points in the lone win on 12/31/2013.