FLINT, Michigan — It didn’t take long for no. 5-ranked Mott to assert its will over Schoolcraft College on Saturday afternoon in Flint. Mott, led by sophomore guard Devin Foster, improved its record to 22-5 in dominant fashion, 115-67.
Just four minutes into the game, a barrage of buckets had buried the Ocelets under a 17-2 run. Mott sophomore Malik Albert had 11 points in just over six minutes.
A rare 3-pointer from Mott’s 6-5 freshman Ruston Hayward put the Bears up 29-10 with 12 minutes left in the first half. A dunk in transition by Albert led to a second timeout by Schoolcraft. The Bears kept up the pressure defensively and turned a few more giveaways into points, including a hammer dunk by Hayward to put the Bears up 39-13 midway through the half.
Two straight baskets, including a tip-dunk, by sophomore Jamal Reynolds, put Mott up 47-19 with seven minutes left in the half. Two straight 3-pointers from freshman guard Marcus Johnson cranked it up to 32. Johnson poured in 13 of his 20 points in the first half.
Mott head coach Steve Schmidt played every man on the roster in the half, and led 67-32 after the first 20 minutes.
The 67-point half was Mott’s best this season. The Bears shot 64 percent in the first half, made their first two shot attempts in the second.