LANSING, Mich- The Great Lakes Christian College Men's Basketball team took on the Andrews University Cardinals. The Cardinals are currently ranked #12 in the USCAA. The Crusaders started fast against the Cardinals working to get a 20-12 lead with 10 minutes to go in the first half. Andrews would respond by going on 21-4 run over the next seven minutes to go up 35-24. The Cardinals went into the half up 38-31 at the break. The Cardinals were led by Joshua Fitzpatrick's 11 points and Denzel Daniel's 13 points in the first half. The Crusaders shot only 29 percent in the first half compared to the Cardinals 50 percent. The Crusaders were able to stay in the game by forcing 11 first half turnovers. Isiah Reed scored all 12 of his points in the first half.
In the second half the Crusaders were able to cut into the lead with great spark off the bench from Michael Hill. GLCC was able to cut the lead to three with 10 minutes to go, but Andrews would again answer the Crusader push with 12-3 run to take a 62-50 lead with five minutes to go. The home team would continue to use their pressure to claw their way back into the game by responding with 14-2 run of their own. The Cardinals had the ball with 43 seconds to go clinging to a 65-64 lead, the Crusaders defense stood strong to get the stop they needed. Coach Westerlund would call the timeout to draw up the last play of the game, the Crusaders were able to get a good look but not able to get the shot to fall. The Crusader fell to Andrews University 65-64. Ja'Quin Jones led the Crusaders with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Inside the Box Score:
- The Crusaders were outrebounded by the Cardinals 42-28
- GLCC shot 13/33 from three compared to 10/37 from inside the arc
- The Cardinals turned it over 21 times compared to the 10 turnovers from the Crusaders
- Andrews shot 44.8% from the field compared to GLCC's 32.9% from the field.
- The Crusaders 8 free throw attempts were tied for fewest amount they've taken this season
What Coach Says:
"This one will sting, because we left a lot of possessions out there. We missed a lot of bunnies. Ultimately though, I loved the fight our guys had to battle back multiple times. We had the ball in our hands with a chance to win the game that is all we can ask for as a team. Unfortunately we didn't get the last play we needed. We have came up on the right end of these games a lot of times this year. We will learn from this and get better. Our focus is on Moody Bible Saturday. I look forward to seeing the response this team will have after today."