Over the years, the AU men's basketball team has tried a number of game plans for playing at Wayne State. Each blueprint seems to end up getting marked by the dreaded red pen.
Wednesday (Dec. 5), the Eagles lost for the eighth straight time in Detroit, 83-52. Ashland was coming off one of its best defensive games in recent years, but that made little difference in this contest. The Eagles (2-3/1-2 GLIAC) struggled to find answers against a red-hot WSU team.
Last Saturday, AU held Ferris State to 49 points in 40 minutes. Wednesday night, the Warriors (3-1/2-0) had 40 points in the game's first 20 minutes. At halftime, WSU led, 40-21. That was too large a margin to make up against a WSU team that was on target all night.
The Warriors shot 58.9 percent (33-of-56) from the floor and 50 percent (12-of-24) from three-point range. Four Wayne State players had two or more triples. Bryan Coleman came off the bench to score 17 points. He was 6-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-7 on three-point shots. Mike Hollingsworth scored 14 points. He had two triples.
WSU normally has a deep team and it would appear that this year's edition is no different. On this night the Warriors led in bench scoring, 29-12. Twelve players scored for the Warriors, who have a three-game winning streak. WSU made the Eagles pay for every mistake, too. Both teams had 13 turnovers. However, in points off of turnovers, WSU outscored the Eagles, 21-11.
Senior forward Evan Yates (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) was the only AU player to enjoy any success. He scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds. He was the lone Ashland player to score in double digits.
The Eagles will play at Saginaw Valley State this Saturday (Sept. 8, 1 p.m.).