SOURCE: Madonna (Mich.) Athletics
LIVONIA, Mich. – For the second straight night, it was a large run in the second half that propelled the Madonna University men’s basketball team to a win in the Bernie Holowicki Memorial Classic. On Saturday evening it amounted to an 81-72 victory over NAIA Preseason No. 2 Indiana University East inside a packed MU Activities Center.
The win, which secured the classic title for the Crusaders, is the third on the year for MU while the Red Wolves fall to 2-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The first half was a busy one for the lead as it changed hands three times in a 37-34 opening 20 minutes. It was the Crusaders who dictated the pace early on and led by as many as six points for the majority of the period, but a late run by the Richmond, Indiana program saw them take the three-point lead into the break.
- Jonathan Swift, an All-Classic team selection and Classic MVP Dwight Burton combined to net the first five points in the second half and erase the deficit. The teams traded baskets until the 15:46 mark when a Joshua Reynolds 3-pointer brought Madonna within one and sparked a 19-5 run that put the Crusaders up 10. Reynolds accounted for seven while Burton and Swift each added five points for a 60-50 lead with 9:10 to play. The Red Wolves scored the next seven to cut the lead to three, but a pair of Swift free throws and a Burton fast-break layup push the lead back to seven. The Blue and Gold went 8-for-8 from the charity stripe over the final minute to secure the upset.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Madonna shot 45 percent (27-of-60) from the floor, 30 percent (6-of-20) from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent (21-of-27) at the line which included a 12-for-12 second half. The Red Wolves finished 26-of-61 (42.6%) from the field, 7-of-23 (30.4%) from three and 13-of-19 (68.4%) at the stripe.
- MU won on the glass, 38-37 and turned 17 IU-East turnovers into 21 points while the visitors had just 10 points off turnovers
- Burton finished with a game-high 24 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists
- Swift added 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals
Mettiepoured in 16 points and grabbed five boards while Reynolds added 12 points
- All-Classic Team - Jonathan Swift
- Classic MVP - Dwight Burton