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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 2014-15 edition of Marygrove men’s basketball ended Saturday (Feb. 21) with a road setback to No. 4 Davenport University by a 104-87 final inside the DU Student Center. The 17-point setback closed out the collegiate careers for seniors JuJuan Armstrong (Detroit, Mich./UM-Dearborn) and Darryll Dixon (Flint, Mich./Hamady High School), leaving the Mustangs with a 3-27 overall record and a 1-21 mark in WHAC play this season.
Dixon will end his collegiate career as one of the better players to ever don the Marygrove Green and Gold basketball uniform. The 6-1 combo guard finished his heralded career with a game-high 29-point showing Saturday against of the one nation’s top teams. Playing three-and-a-half seasons at Marygrove, Dixon will exit as the second-leading scorer in program history with 1,679 points. Dixon’s 20.7Â points per game average this year is the highest in a single-season since former Mustang great Dennis Foster posted a 28.5 average 10 years ago.
On Saturday, the Mustangs and Panthers engaged in a seesaw first-half battle paced by Dixon and junior wing Diante Taylor (Battle Creek, Mich./Central High School). The pair combined for 21 points in an opening half that was witness to four ties and four lead changes. The Mustangs grabbed a four-point (34-30) lead with 4:02 remaining in the first half when Dixon connected on a deep three, forcing a Panther timeout.
The four-point lead was erased within a minute as the fourth-ranked Panthers closed the half on a 15-8 run to take a narrow 45-42 lead into the locker room at the break.
The three-point deficit at the half for the Mustangs was a product of the Panthers relentless pursuit on the offensive glass. The Panthers used a 15-3 advantage in second-chance points to take the one-possession lead at the half, led by 12 points and three offensive boards by Dominez Burnett.
A 31-5 run to open the second half gave the Panthers a 76-47 lead with 12:10 remaining in the game, but the Mustangs fought back behind a strong team effort. Dixon led the charge, catching fire to post 16 points in the latter half while teammate Ta’Kein Dixson (Atlanta, Ga./Loganville High School) chipped in with 12 points of his own. The Atlanta native buried three second-half triples to help bring the Mustangs to with 12 (96-84) before the Panthers pulled away to win by 17.
Dixon’s game-high 29 was accompanied by another game-high â 10 assists. The 10-assist game was a season-high for Dixon as the senior ended his career with one of his many show-stopping performances. Armstrong closed out his collegiate career with six points and four rebounds, added a pair of assists and a steal in 30 minutes of action. The gritty senior ended his career with another stat-stuffing line for second-year head coach Craig Covington and the Mustangs after coming over from Michigan-Dearborn three years ago.
Taylor put a cap on a stellar junior campaign with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in the conference loss Saturday. The junior will return as the Mustangs leading scorer next season.
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