SYLVANIA - Lourdes held Michigan-Dearborn to just nine first half points and a school-record 21 points in total on Saturday afternoon as the Gray Wolves posted a 62-21 victory over the Wolves at Tam-o-Shanter.
The Gray Wolves limited Michigan-Dearborn to just 15.2% shooting overall and 17.6% from three-point range while forcing 18 Wolves turnovers which led to 23 points.
"I thought we came out with a lot of energy today," head coach Andre Smith said afterwards. "We really got it done on the defensive end and rebounded the ball well. We're starting to become smarter as a team."
Lourdes wasted little time taking the lead, running out to a 12-4 lead six minutes into the contest following a three-pointer from Alex Davis (Cleveland, Ohio/Nordonia H.S.). The lead grew to 11 only to have the Wolves answer with a triple. The three-pointer at the 10:44 mark by Brandon Kennedy would be the final field goal of the half Lourdes would surrender though. The Gray Wolves would score the next 14 points before a free throw in the final minute by Michigan-Dearborn made it a 30-9 game at intermission.
The Gray Wolves continued its strong defense and scored 10 of the first 11 points of the second half to build a 40-10 lead before Michigan-Dearborn answered with back-to-back baskets, the first coming with 14:05 to play, a span of 16:39 between buckets. The Wolves went on a 7-0 run to close within 40-17, but keeping the visitors without a field goal for more than eight minutes while on a 16-1 run to open up a 56-18 lead with less than five minutes to play.
The victory was the sixth time this season that Lourdes held an opponent under 40 points and second time the Gray Wolves have held a team to less than 30. The Gray Wolves lead NAIA Division II in scoring defense, surrendering just 49.6 points per game following the victory.
Davis led Lourdes with 16 points and seven rebounds while Ken Smith (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook H.S.) scored a career high 15 points, making 6-of-9 shots from the floor.
"Smith played well for us tonight," Andre Smith added. "We need production and energy from our bench if we want to be successful this year and he did just that today."
Lourdes shot 54.8% from the floor for the game and made 12-of-14 shots from the free throw line. The Gray Wolves did commit 19 turnovers though.
"We need to work on taking care of the ball better," Smith concluded. "Nineteen turnovers are way too many."
Julius Porter and AJ Dombrowski led Michgian-Dearborn (6-17, 4-11 WHAC) with five points each.
Lourdes (15-7, 10-5) will return to the hardwood on Tuesday evening traveling to Grand Rapids, Mich. to take on Aquinas. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.