Third-seeded Wayne State men’s basketball team (15-11 overall) were defeated by the sixth-seeded Michigan Tech Huskies (15-13 overall) 88-74, on Feb. 28 at the Matthaei.
MTU forward Kyle Monroe carried the Huskies, accounting for more than half of his teams points. Warriors Head Coach David Greer commented on Monroe’s play.
“We planned to double Kyle in the post, but he was beating us from three point line and the free throw line, and he hit skyhook shots from the free throw line,” said Greer.
This was the third matchup of the season between the Warriors and the Huskies, the a week ago in Houghton, Michigan. Greer discussed the impact of playing the same team again after a week.
“It doesn’t really make much of a difference. We know what they’re going to do, and they know what we’re going to do as well,” said Greer.
Coach Greer shared his game plan coming in to the game.
“We wanted to play through Chuck. He got 20 points, but should’ve had more. They did a good job of doubling him, after he got the ball in the post,” said Greer.
The second half of the game was full of fouls by both teams, slowing the tempo of the game.
“It’s hard when they call all the fouls, but we had some wasted possessions, and some guys taking some selfish shots,” said Greer.
With the loss, the college careers of Nick Mutebi, Marcus Moore, Chuck Key, and Ronald Booth have come to an end.
“It’s gonna be tough replacing three guys who scored 1000 points. You know what those guys are as basketball players, but they’re better men, there wasn’t a day that they did anything wrong,” said Greer.
In 2018, the Warriors return some key players including Latin Davis and Karim Murray.
“Those guys got some key minutes for us this season, and we will need them to improve a lot for us next season,” said Greer.