The Lake Michigan College Red Hawks Men fell behind on the opening possession on a three-pointer by Grand Rapids that set the tone for a night that would see the Raiders outside shooting be a major factor. The Red Hawks were able to match some of that shooting early as Khaire Williams connected on two early three pointers, but as the first half progressed. The Raiders were able to connect on too many open shots for Lake Michigan to keep pace. Grand Rapids used their outside barrage to take a 49-28 lead to the half.
The Red Hawks performed much better in the second half, but the lead was just too large to come back. A better defensive performance took away some of the easy opportunities the Raiders found in the first half and forced the action inside where the Red Hawks protected the rim well. Luc Meyer and Andrew McGuirt provided offensive support off of the bench in the second half, as the Red Hawks outscored Grand Rapids in the second half 39-35. Lake Michigan brought the lead down to as little as 12, but could not tighten the margin any further leading to the Raiders victory 84-67.
Williams and McGuirt led the Red Hawks with 14 each and Meyer added 9 on 4 of 5 shooting. Justin Henderson in his first conference start of the season helped control the inside with 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots. Tyler Voth also collected a pair of blocked shots and 7 rebounds. Austin Dukesherer paced the Red Hawks on the boards with 10 and Jordan Hogans was able to create for others and tally 5 assists.
The Red Hawks return home for their next contest as they host Lansing Community College on Wednesday, January 23rd for a 7:30 pm tip off.