The men hosted Glen Oaks Community College this evening and finished strong winning 100-92.
It appeared to be a evenly matched game as both teams battled to obtain an advantage on the evening. The Red Hawks began the game winning the tip and fired off the first few shots gaining the lead against the Raiders. This was short lived as Glen Oaks offense woke up and they began connecting with the rim. The lead changed several times and the teams both contributed their success to fast breaks and made baskets but it was Austin Dukesherer (FR/Grandville, MI) that had the shot of the game. The time was down to the last three seconds of the half and he was able to find an opening and threw up a half court shot that connected with the rim and put the men up by one (41-40) at the buzzer.
The Red Hawks out shot 36% compared to the Raiders 20% from outside of the perimeter. But Glen Oaks dominated shooting 50% from the field compared to Lake Michigan's 38% and 80% from the free throw line compared to 50% shot by the Red Hawks.
The second half was much like the first but Lake Michigan began to obtain an advantage as they were able to score and picked up their defense to shut down the Raider's offense. With a few minutes remaining, they gained a 10 point lead and only allowed Glen Oaks two more points to end the game with a 100-92 score.
The Red Hawks shot 67% from inside the paint, 53% from the three point range, and 62% from the free throw line. The men caused the Raiders to have 15 turnovers which aided in the win.
Gavin Rasler (SO/Niles, MI) was the points leader again with 28, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists on the night. Deion Gatson (SO/Cassopolis, MI) led the men in rebounds with 9 and also had 17 points, while Austin Dukesherer, Bryce Saxton (SO/Cassopolis, MI), and Adrien Bucha-Moore (FR/Dowagiac, MI) all had 12 points. Khaire Williams (FR/Detroit, MI) also contributed 11 points.
The men will host their last conference home game on Monday, February, 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm. They will also honor their sophomores during this game. The men are now in 3rd place with a 10-6 Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference record and a 14-13 overall record.