Updated: Apr 29
Eric Welch, Staff Writer
Tomlinson pulls up for a running layup over Siena Heights’ defenders. Photo//Alana Dackiw
The University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s basketball team (4-19, 1-14) lost on Saturday, January 28th to the Siena Heights Saints (7-16, 4-11) by a score of 104-88. It was the fifth consecutive loss for the Wolverines, all of which came in conference matchups.
The contest was held at Wayne State’s Matthaei Center in Detroit, which has been one of the Wolverines’ home sites this season. Renovations are being completed on their home court at the UM-D Fieldhouse, which was damaged over a year ago due to flooding.
The Wolverines were paced once again by rising star, sophomore guard Maurice Anderson, who scored 23 points. However, the main storyline was senior guard Elwood Tomlinson scoring 20 points, including his 1,000th career point which came on a three-pointer with just 41 seconds left in the game.
Tomlinson also contributed five assists in the game, which led the team. Another standout was junior guard Vyshonn Munson with 14 points of his own while leading the team in rebounds with eight.
Tomlinson, who is from Kissimmee, Florida, has led the Wolverines in scoring this season. He has averaged 15.2 points per game on 41.1% shooting from the field. He has started 10 games in his senior year, playing just under 29 minutes per contest enroute to reaching the 1,000 point milestone in his career.
This was another high scoring affair, which has been a recurring theme as of late. The Wolverines were able to net 88 points for the second game in a row. However, they also allowed their opponent to break the century mark for the second straight game, as Siena Heights scored 104 points on a blazing 65% (39-60) shooting from the field.
The Saints were led by Delano Williams with 36 points in the contest. Colin Nutter added a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Curtis Bell III added 15 rebounds and six assists to lead the visitors in both categories.
Next up, the Wolverines will travel to Grand Rapids for a conference matchup with Cornerstone University (14-9, 8-7). Tip-off is scheduled for Wednesday (Feb. 1) at 7:30 P.M.