Not many Warrior basketball players have reached the 1,000 point plateau, but WSU Guard Ronald Booth did just that in the Warrior 76-66 loss to the Michigan Tech Huskies.
With 12 minutes remaining in the first half, Booth connected on a triple and scored his 1,000 point, putting his name in the Wayne State Basketball record book.
A 2014 graduate of Detroit Consortium College Prep, Booth started his basketball career at Schoolcraft Community College.
“It felt great. It’s a big accomplishment for me personally, but obviously, I’d rather have gotten the win,” said Booth.
WSU (8-7, 6-4 GLIAC) was defeated by Michigan Tech (8-9, 4-5 GLIAC) 76-66 Thursday night at Matthaei.
Senior Chuck Key and the Warriors came out strong with Key scoring the first eight points for the Warriors.
Key helped push the Warrior lead to 19-12 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. The Warriors at halftime were leading 34-30, and Key was 8 for 13 and had 18 points.
In the second half, the Huskies made some adjustments and started on a 14-3 run.
A noticeable adjustment was double teaming Key when he touched the ball, and forcing him to kick the ball out.
“Chuck had a great first half, and even when they doubled him in the paint, he recorded some assists and found the open man,” said Head Coach David Greer.
At the 10:33 mark, Bryan Heath’s three-pointer gave the Huskies their biggest lead of the game at 52-43.
The Warriors would fight back with a layup from junior Latin Davis Jr. and a three-point play from sophomore Karim Murray, to cut the Husky lead to four.
Heath knocked the Warriors out with a key triple to push the lead to 66-59, and some questionable foul calls, including an offensive foul on senior George Spencer, put the nail in the coffin.
“At the time, I thought he was moving, and I kind of lost my cool there,” said Greer.
Spencer finished the game with a double-double, 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Key tallied the Warrior high with 25 points. Kyle Monroe led the way for the Huskies scoring 34 points, 24 in the second half.
The Warriors will host another Upper Peninsula opponent, Northern Michigan on Saturday at the Matthaei.
“They have good guard play and like to get out in transition, we need to have better team defense,” said Greer.
Tip-off is slated for 3:00 p.m. at Matthaei.