Mott knocks off Schoolcraft for Schmidt’s 700th win

Posted: January 11, 2018 by Jared Field in College, Mott
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Mott head coach Steve Schmidt, now a member of the 700 Club.

The Mott Community College Bears have had an up-and-down season to date, but showed signs of life in a big way Wednesday night in Metro Detroit. Mott knocked off the Schoolcraft College on their home court, 78-69, securing Steve Schmidt’s 700th win as head coach.

Schmidt told MRSN Radio after the game that he didn’t want the milestone to distract from what they were trying to get done as a team — getting better every day.

“I didn’t want it to bother anyone,” he said. “But it was a great effort by our team…a great effort defensively. They all stepped up. Now we can focus on Delta.”

The Pioneers are the next top team for the Bears to wrestle with. Delta lost its first game of the season on Wednesday night, but still holds the league’s best record (10-1).

The Bears (12-4) led by nine at the half and shot the lights out early in the second half en route to a 20-point lead. The Ocelots (10-5) cut the lead to seven in the final five minutes of the game, but Mott made enough stops and free throws to secure win no. 700 for their coach.

Freshman Henry Speight led the Bears with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Terrance Sewell add 12 points and nine rebounds.

Mott held Schoolcraft to an atrocious 37 percent shooting from the field in the game.

From ABC 12: Schmidt wins Number 700

When you consider that 20 wins, in the college game, is generally considered the measuring stick for a good season, 700 wins is staggering. At 20 wins per season, it would take 35 seasons to get to 700. Schmidt did it with eight seasons to spare.

Schmidt is already in the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and is one of only a handful of coaches in the 700 Club.

As memorable as this win will be for Coach Schmidt, nothing tops his 600th win in the state championship game in 2013.

Listen live to Mott Basketball all season at MRSN.online.

2017-18 MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
Eastern Conference
School MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
Henry Ford 3-0 1.000 12-3 .800 6-0 4-3 2-0 Won 5
Delta 2-1 .667 10-1 .909 1.0 5-0 4-1 1-0 Lost 1
St. Clair County 2-1 .667 12-3 .800 1.0 7-1 5-2 0-0 Lost 1
Mott 1-1 .500 12-4 .750 1.5 6-1 4-3 2-0 Won 1
Macomb 1-1 .500 8-6 .571 1.5 4-2 3-2 1-2 Lost 1
Schoolcraft 1-2 .333 10-5 .667 2.0 4-1 5-3 1-1 Lost 2
Wayne County 1-2 .333 6-4 .600 2.0 1-2 4-1 1-1 Won 1
Oakland 1-2 .333 8-6 .571 2.0 5-2 3-3 0-1 Won 1
Alpena 0-2 .000 1-9 .100 2.5 0-3 1-5 0-1 Lost 6
Western Conference
School MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
Ancilla 3-0 1.000 13-1 .929 7-0 5-0 1-1 Won 4
Lake Michigan 2-0 1.000 6-7 .462 0.5 3-3 3-4 0-0 Won 2
Grand Rapids 2-1 .667 10-4 .714 1.0 7-0 2-3 1-1 Won 1
Lansing 2-1 .667 5-8 .385 1.0 5-4 0-4 0-0 Lost 1
Muskegon 2-1 .667 5-8 .385 1.0 3-1 2-7 0-0 Won 2
Mid Michigan 1-2 .333 7-5 .583 2.0 2-3 5-2 0-0 Lost 1
Jackson 1-2 .333 7-6 .538 2.0 4-1 2-5 1-0 Won 1
Kalamazoo Valley 1-2 .333 4-11 .267 2.0 1-7 3-4 0-0 Lost 2
Kellogg 0-2 .000 0-9 .000 2.5 0-3 0-6 0-0 Lost 9
Glen Oaks 0-3 .000 3-11 .214 3.0 2-4 1-6 0-1 Lost 8
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