Wayne State men’s basketball suffered a 74–72 defeat to Lewis University at the Matthaei on Nov. 17.
WSU started with an 11-4 lead with 15:35 remaining in the opening half.
After a Flyers timeout, the visitors went on a 12–0 run to take a 16–11 lead before a layup by senior forward Jovan Henderson snapped the drought.
Despite allowing 12 second-chance points and being out-rebounded 17–7, WSU stayed within striking distance for the rest of the half, and a made basket by senior guard Latin Davis Jr. cut the Warriors halftime deficit to 38-36.
In the second half after the visitors extended their lead to 58–49 with 8:31 remaining in the game. Three straight WSU three-pointers put the Warriors within three at 61–58. Lewis University pushed their lead back to 69–64 with 1:59 remaining in regulation.
A triple by freshman guard Antonio Marshall cut WSU’s deficit to 69–67, and after multiple scoreless possessions from both teams, the Flyers extended their lead to 73–69 with 15 seconds left.
After a dunk by Wilson put WSU within two at 73–71 with seven seconds left, Lewis University split its two free throws to give the Warriors a shot to tie the game. After making his first free throw to put WSU within 74–72, sophomore guard Darian Owens-White intentionally missed the second free throw to set up an offensive rebound.
WSU retained possession after the ball touched a Lewis player before heading out of bounds. On the final play of the game, Marshall’s three-point attempt just missed the mark, allowing the visitors to prevail with the win.
After the game, head coach David Greer said allowing so many second-chance points to the Flyers hurt the team in their comeback attempt.
“Obviously (I’m) a little disappointed in the result,” Greer said. “Any time you give up 22 second-chance points, your chances of winning drastically goes down.”
Owens-White led the Warriors with 21 points and was 8–13 from the field. Greer said that Owens-White is a very capable offensive player.
“He can shoot the basketball, he’s got great court awareness and he lets the game dictate what he needs to do,” Greer said. “When we got behind, he hit some big baskets to get us back (in the game).”
The loss drops WSU to 0–3 on the season ahead of a three-game stretch where the Warriors will face teams who made the NCAA Division II Tournament last season, starting with their next game Nov.24 against top-ranked Bellarmine University.
The Warriors return home to face defending National Champions Ferris State Nov. 29.
Cover photo by Jonathan Deschaine
Matt Williams is sports editor of The South End. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.