Mott Community College (30-4) shrugged off one of the most disappointing performances in Steve Schmidt’s coaching career Tuesday morning by knocking off Iowa Lakes, 73-68, on Wednesday afternoon in Danville, Illinois. The victory gives the program its third consecutive season of 30 or more wins.
The game was Schmidt’s 33rd in the national tournament, increasing his overall record to 28-5.
“Every one of those games has been special, even yesterday’s game,” Schmidt said. “I’m glad we survived. I’m proud of my guys. I’m happy that we get to stay a little longer and compete.”
Probably no player on Mott’s roster took Tuesday’s loss against Central Community College (Nebraska) harder than freshman guard Malik Albert. The former Detroit King standout had his worst game as a Bear, shooting 1-for-17 from the field and 0-for-11 from 3-point range. Schmidt said he sat down with his lead guard after the game and had no doubt he would bounce back.
And that’s exactly what he did. Albert led Mott with 20 points including several clutch free throws down the stretch to put the game away. His backcourt mate, Devin Foster, added 16 points with five rebounds and three assists.
After an abysmal shooting performance on Tuesday morning, Mott shot 55 percent from the field as a team against Iowa Lakes.
Former Flint Northwestern sharpshooter Deondre Parks, a freshman at Iowa Lakes, scored 14 points.
Mott will not play again until 11 a.m. Friday against either Phoenix College or Cecil College.