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Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 10:45 am | Updated: 10:50 am, Mon Nov 13, 2017.

The Wayne State men's basketball team lost its season opener, 71-58 to Alderson Broaddus on the first day of the GLIAC-G-MAC Challenge at the Matthaei on Nov 11.

Despite two separate six-point leads for WSU in the first half, the Battlers pulled even just before the half to tie the game at 31 at the intermission.

In the second half, the game turned into a series of runs. After tying the game at 40, Alderson Broaddus went on a 15-2 run to take a 55-42 lead midway through the second half.

The Warriors answered the Battlers run with one of their own, going on a 13-0 run to tie the game at 55 late in the second half.

Head Coach David Greer said that the unit led by sophomore guard Karim Murray and freshman guard Darian Owens-White gave the team a lift during WSU's comeback in the second half.

"Those guys got some loose balls [and] some transition buckets and that sort of got us back in the game," he said.

However, the Warriors would only score one more field goal in the game's final six minutes as Alderson Broaddus went on a 16-3 run late to pull away with the win.

After the game, Greer said the game's final minutes didn't meet expectations with the experience that his team has.

"When the game is in the balance and you've got a senior-laden team, you expect to make plays down the stretch," he said. "We didn't [and] they did and consequently, there's the score."

Moore led the Warriors with a team-high 20 points and senior guard Ronald Booth added 12 points.

The Warriors shot 20-58 (34.5 percent) from the field and shot 5-19 from the three-point line (26 percent) for the game.

In looking ahead to the team's next game versus No. 24 ranked Kentucky Wesleyan, Greer said he hopes playing a ranked opponent can spur the team to a better start in their next game.

"I hope [that] we can respond better. Kentucky Wesleyan is a good basketball team. We got to come out and be ready to compete."

The Warriors return to action Nov 12 at 3 p.m. versus No. 24 ranked Kentucky Wesleyan in the final day of the GLIAC-G-MAC Challenge at the Matthaei.

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