The Lake Michigan College men's basketball team ran in to a well-oiled machine in their first contest of the year. The Bryant & Stratton Bobcats scored on their first two possessions to jump out to a quick 5-0 margin before sophomore Devan Nichols connected on three consecutive free throws after drawing a foul. Nichols and freshman Jaden Croom were the most effective for the Red Hawks in the half scoring 15 and 9 respectively. Bryant & Stratton split the load offensively and made it difficult for Lake Michigan to narrow in on where offense would come from, with eight different players contributing to the scoring in the first half. This lead to a halftime deficit for the Red Hawks of 60-34.
The second half showed promise for things to come for the Red Hawks as Jordan Hogans scored 11 of his 13 in the half. Andrew McGuirt connected on three 3 point attempts, while Nichols chipped in 5 more. The Bobcats continued to score in transition and around the basket, and it was too much for the Red Hawks to handle, bring the final score to 105-70 in the Bobcats favor.
On Saturday, the men turned their game around as the faced Alpena Community College. The Red Hawks jumped out fast and ended halftime up 39-18. Jaden Croom had four points, as freshman DeAndre Worthy had three points and 11 rebounds. While Devan Nichols had three points and Isaiah Brooks had one. Sophomore Jaguar Jackson and freshman Jamon Walker both had four assists in the half.
Jackson hit a three pointer in the second half late in the game to extend the lead to 16 points. In the next possession, Nichols made a tough double clutch jumper to put the game away. Lake Michigan defeated Alpena 72-56.
The Red Hawks forced 22 turnovers and held the Lumberjacks to shooting 30% from the field. Nichols scored 26 points while Jackson had 13 points. Andrew McGuirt contributed 10 points as Jordan Marble had nine points.
The men take to the road again on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 to Andrews University for a 8:00 pm start.