SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University men's basketball team (4-2, 0-1) fell to the No. 12 visiting Golden Eagles of Cornerstone (Mich.) University (5-2, 1-0) by a score of 60-67. The Blue Devils battled and kept the game close the entire game. The first half saw the Golden Eagles hold a lead the entire half, and were able to fend off the Blue Devils for the first 20 minutes. A seven point run by the Blue Devils gave them their only lead of the night, halfway through the second half, but the Golden Eagles were able to recapture the lead and held on until the game was over.
The start of the game featured both teams trading baskets, with neither team able to get ahead by more than a possession until the Golden Eagles went ahead 13-8 just over six minutes into the game. The Blue Devils were able to erase the early deficit with a 9-2 run over the next five minutes. With a 17-15 lead, the Blue Devils tried to hold off the Golden Eagles but were unable to. Cornerstone pulled ahead 21-19 with 5:34 left in the half and did not let the Blue Devils get any closer. The first half ended with the Blue Devils behind the Golden Eagles, 26-34.
A tough first half of shooting by the Blue Devils allowed the Golden Eagles to have the eight point advantage to start the second half. The Cornerstone lead remained between three and eight points for almost nine minutes, a steal by Jordan Henry, who then found Carter Frantz for a layup, got the Blue Devils within one with 11:39 remaining. The Blue Devils would take a 45-43 lead after a key offensive rebound by Frantz and an Isaiah Cumberland layup about a minute later. Once again, the two teams would trade buckets for the next few possessions. It was the Golden Eagles though who were able to take a lead and never give it back after a three point jumper was made with 8:05 left on the clock. The Blue Devils were able to scrap their way back to within one with 4:33 left after Brandon Beavers made two free throws, but that was as close as they would get for the rest of the game. A Cumberland layup made the game 60-62 with less than a minute left, however, the Blue Devils would not be able to find another bucket for the remaining seconds, and the Golden Eagles would win by a score 67-60.
The eight point deficit going into halftime proved to be too much for the Blue Devils to overcome. Shooting just 30% in the first half allowed the Golden Eagles to establish that breathing room going into the break. Three different Blue Devils found their way into double digits in the points' column. Leading the scoring efforts for the Blue Devils was Henry who came off the bench to score 15 points. Cumberland finished the night with a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, which led the Blue Devil team. Frantz had himself an 11 point night.
The Blue Devils will be back on the road Wednesday, November 20th. It will be a conference game vs. Northwestern Ohio, with tipoff being at 8:00pm EST. It will be an opportunity for the Blue Devils to get back to .500 in conference play. They will get back to work this week at practice and try to rebound from this tough loss on their home court.