The Wayne State University men’s basketball team (14-9, 12-6 GLIAC) defeated the Northwood University Timberwolves (10-16, 6-12 GLIAC) 87-73 in Detroit on Senior Day.
The Warriors were led by seniors Marcus Moore and Ronald Booth.
David Greer, men’s basketball head coach, commented on the production of his seniors today.
“Those guys started off as freshman, and to see their development has been great, and those guys came to play,” said Greer.
Moore tallied 24 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Moore described his mindset coming into the game today.
“I came out just looking to attack, these past few games, I’ve been trying to be more aggressive, while not settling for jump shots, and also trying to get to the free-throw line,” said Moore.
The Warriors did most of their damage in the paint, scoring 46 from the area.
“We always try to get the paint, and that really starts with Chuck, if we can establish him in the paint, then Marcus with his dribble penetration, it sets up success for our offense,” said Greer.
Before the game, five seniors were recognized for their accomplishments here at WSU, the ceremony included the seniors being escorted by family members. Greer discussed the unique pregame ceremony, and how his team stayed focused in the beginning of the game.
“It’s tough you know, yesterday after practice, I let those guys talk to the younger guys on what they’ve learned these past four years, and some of them were getting emotional, so I thought bringing their parents out would make them more emotional,” said Greer.
With the victory today, WSU has clinched the GLIAC-South Division, and now controls its’ own destiny to potentially host a playoff game, here at the Matthaei.
“The environment would be great, we haven’t hosted a playoff game since I’ve been here,” said senior guard George Spencer.
The Warriors will now embark on a road trip to the Upper Peninsula to take on Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan.
“Going up there, we need to be disciplined, and treat it like a business trip, I know we only need one game to clinch home court, but we want the two wins,” said Spencer.
The Warriors lost two tough games at home to these two squads, and are looking for revenge.
“We lost to both of them at home, so we gotta play well, and take it back to them, and beat these teams at their home place,” said Moore.
Michigan Tech, lives and dies by the three, and Greer discussed their potential threats from behind the arc.
“Tech have one of the best scorers in the league in Kyle Monroe, and the supporting cast can also shoot, you almost have to pick your poison with them,” said Greer.
Nick Mutebi, one of the five seniors honored before the game, got the start today, and as per usual, gave the Warriors energy off the bench.
“You know Nick came on as a walk-on, in his freshman year, and didn't play that much, but ultimately he has earned his minutes and has been a great source of energy for us,” said Greer.
Mutebi does have a year of eligibility left, since he was Redshirted as a freshman, but will make a decision later.
“He’s graduating and has a couple potential internships, so if he continues to try and achieve his master's, he could come back,” said Greer.
The Warriors are slated to take on Michigan Tech Thursday at 7:30 p.m.