The top JUCO guard in the state poured in 37 points to lead no. 7-ranked Mott over no. 12 Oakland on the road Saturday afternoon, 96-80.
Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson, fresh off being named the NJCAA player of the week, scored 25 points in the second half to turn a tight game into an easy victory. He added six assists and six rebounds.
The Bears led by four at the half and nursed a three point lead early in the second half before Wilson led the Bears on a 20-7 run. Back-to-back triples by Wilson put the Bears up 16 midway through the second half and they held serve for the rest of the game.
“It’s a hell of a win,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt to MRSN radio after the game.
“They’re a really good team and they’re awfully tough (at home)…this was a man’s game. We had some men step up today.”
The Bears desperately needed this win after letting one get away in the final seconds Wednesday night at Wayne County, 62-60.
“If we’d played like that the other night, we wouldn’t have lost,” Schmidt said. “I’m really happy with this win. We control our own destiny.”
Mott freshman Marcus Cole scored 18 points with six rebounds and a thunderous dunk. Freshmen Shawn Pardee and Sidney Mason added 14 and 10 points, respectively.
The Bears are now 7-2 in conference and 18-4 overall. That puts Mott in a tie for second place behind Macomb, which has a hellish schedule down the stretch of the season. The Monarchs only loss in conference came to Mott last month. The Bears will get another crack at Schoolcraft, currently tied with Mott in second place, at home on February 15.
The Bears have another tough game on the road Wednesday night against Henry Ford. The Hawks have played great of late including a win this week over Oakland (17-5).
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