Mott started the toughest stretch of the 2014 schedule this afternoon in downtown Detroit, falling to Wayne County CC, 85-73. It was the Bears’ second consecutive loss on the road to Wayne.
The Bears (11-3) led by five at the half but surrendered 50 points in the second half.
“We had a good first half and obviously got outplayed in the second,” Mott head coach Steve Schmidt told MRSN Radio after the game. “We aren’t in the type of shape we need to be in right now. We have work to do. They played with more intensity and heart.”
Malik Albert and Marcus Johnson scored 20 apiece for Mott. Devin Foster and Jamal Reynolds added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Albert, Mott’s leading scorer, played big minutes in the first half and scored only one basket and four points in the second half.
“We depend on Malik a lot, but he just didn’t have the energy in the second half,” Schmidt said.
Redshirt freshman William Abbott, a Detroit native, scored only four points in the game after three consecutive strong outings.
Mott fell victim to a quick whistle in the first half, and the trend continued throughout the game. Mott was whistled for 30 fouls in the game. Wayne (17 fouls) entered the bonus in the game’s first five minutes.
Shaun Duncan led Wayne (9-2) with 20 points. The Wildcats have now won six consecutive games.
Mott will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday versus St. Clair.