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No. 25 Madonna upsets No. 6 Davenport

December 13, 2012
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By Patrick Moore, Madonna (Mich.) Director of Sports Information

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The No. 25-ranked Madonna University men's basketball team used a 23-0 run midway through the second half to upend No. 6-ranked Davenport, 82-69, in a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference game at the DU Student Center on Wednesday night (Dec. 12).

The win - MU's second straight over a ranked opponent - moved the Crusaders to 8-4 overall and 5-2 in WHAC play. The loss - DU's first at home this season and first against a non-NCAA Division I opponent - dropped the Panthers to 10-2 on the year and was their first in conference action after six straight victories.

Junior All-American Bobby Naubert (Livonia, Mich. / Stevenson) led MU with 30 points, just one away from matching his career high as he passed the 1,000-point mark in his careeer. Naubert - who now has 1,008 points in his two-plus year career - shot 10-for-13 from the floor and went 8-of-10 from the foul line while recording eight assists as well. Junior guard Travis Schuba (Rapid City, Mich. / Kalkaska) poured in 16 points, knocking down a trio of 3-pointers while classmate Fred Williams (Oak Park, Mich. / Berkley) added 14 markers as part of a Madonna offense that shot 61.7 percent from the floor (29-for-47) for the game.

The Crusaders fell behind 5-2 early before a Naubert jumper followed by a layup from sophomore Donald Owens (Detroit, Mich. / Inkster) put MU on top for good, 6-5, with 14:58 left in the first half. Naubert converted a driving layup and freshman Tyler Stewart (Canton, Mich. / Salem) hit one of MU's 11 triples to put the visitors in front by six, 11-5 with 13:25 to go.

MU pushed its lead out to as many as nine before DU clawed back into the game to pull within one, 18-17, with 9:15 left. Madonna then went on a 13-4 run over the next 3:28 to go back on top by 10, 31-21, after Naubert capped the run by converting an old-fashioned three-point play.

The Panthers were able to pull within four, 40-36, heading into intermission using a 15-9 run over the final four minutes of the half.

Coming out of the break MU saw its lead dwindle to one, 48-47, over the first 4:15 and the Crusaders clung to a two-point cushion, 53-51, with 13:11 to go.

After committing four turnovers and missing a handful of shots to open the half, the Crusader offense caught fire as a Naubert jumper with 12:59 left began the 23-0 run that turned a two-point lead into a commanding 25-point lead, 76-51, with 7:28 to go in the game.

Schuba accounted for six points during the run with Naubert and Williams adding five markers and junior Matt Jenkins (Plymouth, Mich. / Fr. Gabriel Richard Catholic) chipping in with four points of his own as MU took control of the game.

The Crusaders held the Panthers - who shot just 34 percent (26-for-75) from the floor for the game - at bay the rest of the way, never letting their lead slip below 13 points the remainder of the game for the 82-69 win.

Freshman Dominez Burnett led DU with 27 points while JaVontae Ford registered a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

MU returns home for its third straight game against a ranked opponent, hosting No. 9-ranked Grace College on Friday night (Dec. 14) in the second game of the 2012 Hines Park Ford Crusader Classic at the Activities Center.

Championship Information

NAIA DII Men's Basketball Championship
Sports Rules - Basketball DII (M)