Story by Ryan Wronkowicz, Lourdes Sports Information
LIVONIA, Mich. -- Corey Harvey hit a 17-foot jumper from just beyond the left elbow with 1.8 seconds remaining on Wednesday evening to give Lourdes (Ohio) a 53-51 upset victory over No. 17 Madonna (Mich.) on the road at the Activities Center in Livonia, Mich.
The victory is the Gray Wolves fifth all-time against a NAIA Division II top-25 program and the second this season for the third year program as Lourdes also defeated then #20 Indiana Tech back on Dec. 15.
"What a great, hard fought win, especially on the road against the nation's 17th-ranked team," head coach Andre Smith said after the game. "It was another great job by our defense which won the game for us."
Harvey, who finished with a team-high 13 points, received an inbound pass from Jake DuPree, faked a return handoff, and hit the jumper after Lourdes came out of a timeout with 5.1 seconds remaining. The Gray Wolves had the chance to win after Madonna missed the front end of a one-and-one with 10.9 seconds left on the clock.
Lourdes overcame a nine-point halftime deficit, and still trailed by eight with 11:10 to play, 43-35. Back-to-back lay-ins by Elvin Butler and Enique Mason cut the Crusaders' lead to four with 10 minutes to play.
The Gray Wolves still trailed by four with under five minutes remaining before baskets by Dorel Sutherland and Harvey tied the contest at 49 at the 3:37 mark. Another jumper by Sutherland with 1:33 left on the clock capped the 6-0 run and gave Lourdes its first lead of the second half. Matt Jenkins tied the contest at 51 with a pair of free throws for the Crusaders, setting the stage for the final seconds.
Madonna jumped out to a 20-11 lead in the first half following a 12-2 run, only to have the Gray Wolves answer with six straight points. Another 6-0 spurt by the Crusaders before halftime helped put the hosts on top 29-20 at the break.
"I thought our guys continued to fight all game," Smith added. "They didn't quit even though we were down at half. We made some adjustments and you have to give our kids all of the credit for hanging in there."
Alex Davis just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds in the contest for Lourdes while Sutherland added 10 points. The Gray Wolves outrebounded Madonna 38-24 for the contest, including 13-6 on the offensive end.
Bobby Naubert led Madonna (16-6, 11-3 WHAC) with 18 points while Fred Williams added 16 for the Crusaders. Madonna finished the game committing just six turnovers, but finished the game shooting just 21.4% from three-point range.
The win is the seventh in the last nine games for the Gray Wolves, and pulled Lourdes into a third place tie in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference standings. Madonna falls into a tie for first place with the loss. The Gray Wolves have won five of the seven meetings all-time against the Crusaders. Lourdes has won all three contests played in Livonia, which have been decided by a total of nine points.
Lourdes (14-7, 9-5) will return home on Saturday afternoon as the Gray Wolves entertain Michigan-Dearborn. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m. at Tam-o-Shanter.