LIVONIA, Mich. -- The No. 22 Rochester College Men's Basketball team (13-3) stated their case to jump to a higher ranking in this week's NAIA Coaches Poll by defeating No. 9 Grace College and AII opponent Johnson and Wales at the Madonna Crusader Classic. With the victories, the Warriors were crowned champions of the tournament, finishing with a 2-0 record.
In game one action, the Warriors cruised to a 92-53 win over Johnson and Wales (1-11). Senior Drammel Hogan (Detroit, MI/Walled Lake Western) led the way with 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals. Senior Drew Maynard (Lake Orion, MI/Valdosta State) dropped 19 points while senior Brad Norman (Bay City, MI/Delta) scored 18 points.
The Warriors led 46-26 at the half and shot 64.3% from the field to the JWU 44%.
In the much anticipated game two action against #9 Grace College (8-3), the Warriors stellar defense proved to be too much for the Lancers to handle as the Warriors went on to a 68-60 win. The Warriors had 8 steals and forced 14 turnovers.
The contest included two lead changes with the Warriors overcoming a 7 point deficit with 13:11 left in the half to go into the locker room ahead 36-29 at the break. The Warriors largest lead was 14 with 12:16 to go in the contest.
Along with the aggressive defense, the Warriors also controlled the paint scoring 28 points inside to the Lancer 18.
Maynard paced the Warriors with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Hogan scored 16 points while gathering 7 rebounds.
The Warriors shot 46.9% from the field while the Lancers connected on a staggering 29.5%.
Maynard earned 1 of the 4 spots on the All-Classic Tournament team while Hogan was voted as the Most Outstanding Player at the tournament.
Head Coach Klint Pleasant continues to be proud of his team's effort. "I am extremely proud of our guys. The defensive effort we played with was remarkable. To hold a top 10 team to under 30% shooting and win by 8 was quite an effort. Our guys continue to play so hard and they are committed to defensive intensity. Those two things coupled with the fact that we played as a team and hit some key shots made the win possible. We thought it was such a great opportunity to just get to play a team ranked that high. To leave with a win felt really special," said Pleasant.
The Warriors hit the road and play against Pennsylvania College of Technology on Dec. 17 before hosting NAIA opponent, Concordia University on Dec. 19.