SOUTHFIELD, MICH. - For the fourth straight game Lourdes held the opposition to under 52 and in doing so, the Gray Wolves picked up their fourth straight victory on Saturday afternoon, defeating Lawrence Tech 53-47 at the Don Ridler Fieldhouse in Southfield, Mich. in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference opener for both schools.
The win was the second of the year over the Blue Devils, as Lourdes downed Lawrence Tech by 33 points just two weeks ago. Saturday's game marked the first home game in 48 years for the Blue Devils, as Lawrence Tech brought back men's basketball this season for the first time since 1964.
"Lawrence Tech is much improved over the first time we saw them," head coach Andre Smith said after the contest. "Give them all of the credit for making the proper adjustments."
Lourdes started slowly, trailing by five, 12-7, 10 minutes into the contest. An 11-2 run, sparked by a pair of three-pointers from Corey Harvey (Hilliard, Ohio/Darby H.S.), gave Lourdes an 18-14 advantage, but the Blue Devils again battled back. A triple by Jake Mullin at the 5:10 mark gave the hosts their final lead of the contest, 21-20.
The Gray Wolves took a 27-23 lead into the locker room before scoring the first four points of the second half to extend the advantage to seven. Lawrence Tech (0-6, 0-1 WHAC) pulled to within four, 35-31, with under 14 minutes to play, but that would be as close as the Blue Devils would get the rest of the way.
An 11-3 run by Lourdes, capped with back-to-back jumpers by Ron Dukes (Saint Louis, Mo./North County Christian H.S.) gave Lourdes a 46-34 lead with 10 minutes to play. The advantage remained 12 with 5:29 to go before a late 8-2 run by the Blue Devils pulled Lawrence Tech within six, but they would not get any closer.
Harvey led Lourdes with 21 points off of the bench, making 5-of-9 from three-point range, while Dukes added eight points. Dukes and Elvin Butler (Akron, Ohio/East H.S.) led the Gray Wolves on the boards with six rebounds each as Lourdes outboarded the Blue Devils 28-23. The Gray Wolves were also 12-of-14 from the free throw line, including 10-of-12 in the second half.
Anthony Sisson and Jon Harden led Lawrence Tech with 10 points each.
"Our team effort was not where it needs to be," Smith concluded. "We need to continue to get better and that will start up again tomorrow morning."
Lourdes (4-1, 1-0) will return to the road on Tuesday evening as the Gray Wolves travel to Michigan-Dearborn. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Dearborn, Mich.