After missing out on the GLIAC tournament for three straight years, the men’s basketball team made it back in postseason action this year.
Before finishing this season as the #5 seed in the GLIAC, the WSU men’s team had not made the playoffs in three years, missing the playoffs by one spot during the 2013-2014 season, and finishing near the bottom of the conference in the past two years.
“I feel like we were never really that far off,” said senior Michael Lewis. “If you look back at the past two years, we lost a lot of close games, lost a lot of overtime games, just a couple small steps away from being a good team, and I feel like over the summer we buckled down, got our heads right, put in the work and made the jump to start winning those games.“
When speaking about the regular season finale against Saginaw Valley State University, a win for the Warriors, junior Marcus Moore said the outcome wouldn't have been the same in his prior years.
“Like last night, we probably would’ve lost that game my freshman and sophomore year. We had too much quit in us those years,” Moore said.
For the seniors on the team, this was their first and only chance at a playoff run, having missed the tournament in their first three seasons.
But for freshmen on the team, this was their first season playing college basketball, and they said making the playoffs will hopefully set them up for a successful future with the team.
“It feels good, because it’s giving me a sense of what it takes to possibly be in the playoffs next year, know coming in to next year what things I need to do to continue on and step up once the older guys leave,” said freshman Karim Murray, who has played his role on the team by averaging almost ten minutes a game throughout the season.
The Warriors’ playoff berth took them nine hours north to the upper peninsula for a showdown with the Michigan Tech Huskies on Feb. 28, the #4 seed in the GLIAC tournament.
The Warriors’ playoff run was short lived. The team lost to the Huskies by a score of 92-84, according to wsuathletics.
The Warriors played one of their better offensive games of the season, shooting 51 percent from the field and almost 60 percent from beyond the arc.
Unfortunately, the Huskies played better. Michigan Tech University shot a staggering 60 percent from the field and 60 percent from beyond the arc.
“The atmosphere is going to be a little different, but we’ve proven that we’re able to live on the road, to us it’s just hours on a bus, we still have to go out there and play our game and do what we know we can do,” said senior Clark Bishop.