February 03, 2013
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LIVONIA, Mich. - Sparked by hot shooting from behind the 3-point line the No. 24-ranked Madonna University men's basketball team upset No. 9-ranked Davenport, 74-64, in the NAIA Men's Basketball Game of the Week on Saturday (Feb. 2) at the Activities Center. The Crusaders shot 45.5 percent (10-for-22) from long range in the win compared to the Panthers' 15.4 percent (2-for-13).
Madonna (18-8, 13-5 WHAC) completed the season sweep of DU (21-5, 14-4 WHAC) with Saturday's win and capped an amazing two games of shooting from beyond the arc against DU as MU knocked down 21 of their 45 3-point attempts against the Panthers to shoot at a 46.6 percent clip. The victory also marks the first time that a conference opponent has swept DU since the 2007-08 season.
Junior guard Travis Schuba led the Crusaders with 16 points, connecting on four triples while junior forward Fred Williams added 12 points. Junior guard Bobby Naubert scored 11 points while registering nine assists. Fellow junior guard Matt Jenkins led all players with a season-high 10 rebounds to go along with six points.
"We had a lot of ball movement today and we have great shooters on this team if we get them looks," commented Naubert. "Their 1-3-1 zone had been giving a lot of teams trouble lately, but our guys came out ready to play and knocked down good shots. We have a lot of confidence in our shooters. In the defense they run if you beat one guy they usually help and that leaves someone open."
After back and forth scoring the first six-plus minutes of the game, MU held a 9-8 lead and used a jumper from Naubert to start a 12-2 run over the next 4:44 and take a 21-10 lead with 8:58 left in the half. Naubert accounted for five of the points with junior Zach Wedesky connecting on a triple to go along with five points - including a 3-pointer - coming from Williams during the run.
DU whittled the MU lead down to just four, 27-23, with a 13-6 run that spanned 6:10 of the clock with Dawid Czerniawski and JaVontae Ford each scoring three points, but freshman Tyler Stewart scored on a drive to the basket that gave MU a 29-23 lead at halftime.
The two sides traded baskets coming out of intermission until DU went on a 6-0 run to pull within one, 40-39, with 14:20 left in the game.
Back-to-back baskets from sophomore forward Donald Owens (Detroit, Mich. / Inkster) pushed the MU lead back to five, 44-39.
After the Panthers cut the Crusaders' lead back to three, Stewart, Wedesky and Williams hit consecutive 3-pointers for MU to extend the MU lead back into double digits, 53-43, with just over eight minutes remaining.
DU got within seven but could not get any closer as MU closed the game by making nine of its last 11 free throws over the final two minutes for the 74-64 victory.
Dominez Burnett led all players with 23 points to go along with eight rebounds for Davenport while DeArmond Davis added 14 points.