ESCANABA — Free throws proved helpful for the Bay College men on Saturday as they held onto a 73-69 basketball win over Madison (Wis.) College at the Bay Fall Classic II.
The Norse pulled off 24 of 29 presents in that clash to go unbeaten in four games this season.
“I just don’t think we finished very well,” said Nordic coach Matt Johnson. “We had to stay aggressive. We had an advantage on three quick breaks and didn’t take advantage of anything. The only saving grace is that we shot free throws well.”
Bay, who led 43-27 at halftime, finally secured the decision with 5.2 seconds left when second guard Jacquez Overstreet parted two gifters.
The Bay women came up short in a 44-40 loss to Madison.
Bay was within 42-40 after second guard Alaina Trudeau sunk two free throws with 8 1/2 seconds left.
Freshman guard Emma Paulson then iced it moments later with two poisoners.
“It was a stalemate at times” said Bay coach Matt Gregory. “It was similar to last Saturday’s game against Gogebic (losing 56-52). We had some layups that didn’t fall. It wasn’t very nice at times.”
The Madison men (3-3) were within 35-27 before the Norse ended the first half with eight unanswered points and secured their 16-point cushion at halftime with a 15-foot turning jump from freshman guard Tyrel Creger .
Bay had a 46-31 advantage early in the second half when second guard Lamar Grayson shared two free throws.
The Wolfpack then came within 46-37 on a gifter from sophomore Nik Feller with 15 minutes, 14 seconds in the contest.
Bay took what appeared to be a comfortable 68-54 lead on an 18-foot jumper from Grayson at 3:08.
Madison then closed the gap to 68-64 on a running jumper off newcomer Peter Gustafson’s lane.
Two free throws from Grayson gave the Northmen a 72-66 lead with 17.8 seconds left before Gustafson dumped a 21-foot jumper off the right wing to put the wolfpack to three points.
“Madison is a very good team,” said Johnson. “We knew they would make a run. It couldn’t be more different than last night. This is how college basketball should be played. Last night was crazy. I’m very proud of how our boys have kept their composure.”
Bay opened the weekend with a 73-55 triumph over the Minnesota North-Mesabi Range, which suffered four technical fouls in the second half on Friday night.
Grayson sank 11 of 12 free throws and scored 21 points for Bay Saturday. Creger and second winger Jaylen Flaniken each added 11 points.
The Norse, who were passed 42-32, scored 24 of 61 field goals and committed nine turnovers.
Sophomore Keith Hoffman scored 17 points and grabbed 11 boards for the wolfpack. Feller also had 17 points. Freshman Deante Luster added 11 and sophomore Telin Porter had 10.
Madison finished with 13 turnovers.
“I thought we did a pretty good job containing Hoffman,” said Johnson. “He’s a really good player.”
Trudeau led the Bay women with 11 points. Sophomore guard Alyssa Cretton added nine points. Freshman forward Kassidy Roll accumulated eight points and 12 rebounds Humphrey also had eight points.
The Norse held a 49-43 rebounding edge, converted 14 of 57 field goals and committed 21 turnovers.
“The envelopes didn’t help at all” said Gregory. “I thought we did a good job of keeping them cold beyond the arc. We did a good job defensively at times but struggled to keep up at the bottom post.”
Madison (2-4) was 16 of 62 from the floor and had 11 errors.
Trudeau scored 25 points in Friday’s 79-50 win over Mesabi. Cretton added 17 points and 10 rebounds and Roll had 13 points.
Mesabi was within 10 points in the third quarter with two minutes left before Bay took a 52-35 lead in the fourth quarter.
“We got into a flow in the fourth quarter” said Trudeau. “We really nailed it. We’re developing a little more team chemistry. We’re starting to trust each other. It’s always nice to win.”
Anna Fink scored 18 points. Deeter Davis hit 16 and Bonnie Taylor had 10 for Mesabi, who was 18 of 58 from the field and had 21 turnovers.
Bay had a 46-36 rebound advantage and had 17 errors.
The Bay men led 32-28 before extending their lead in the second half on Friday.
Freshman wing Genesis Kemp scored 15 points for Bay, who sunk 22 of 57 field goals and had 13 turnovers.
Sophomore Michael Johnson and freshman Nataj Sanders each had 10 points for Mesabi, who ended with 10 errors.
The Bay women travel to Ely, Minnesota this weekend, where they meet nearby International Falls’ Rainy River Community College on Friday at 6 p.m. and the Itasca CC of Grand Rapids, Minnesota on Saturday at 2 p.m .
Madison 27 43-69
Bay College 43 30-73
Madison College—7 Telfered, 17 Hoffman, 17 Feller, 7 Gustafson, 11 Luster, 10 Porter. FT: 16-20; F: 20; Dirty: shine; 3 point field goals: Feller 3, Hoffman, Porter.
Bay College – Overstreet 6, Creger 11, Colin Hudson 8, Grayson 21, Nelson 2, Mawo 2, Flankien 11, Kemp 3, Foust 3, Carter Hudson 6. FT: 24-29; F: 18; Dirty: None; Technical Foul: Foust; 3 point field goals: Creger 2, overstreet, flanks, foust.
Madison 6 11 7 20 – 44
Bay College 9 9 6 16 – 40
Madison College – Anzalone 3, Williams 8, Ripp 7, Hansen 5, Davis 17, Knox 2, Paulson 2. FT: 10-18; F: 17; Dirty: None; 3-Point Field Goals: Anzalone, Davis.
Bay College – Humphrey 8, Frappy 2, Cretton 9, Trudeau 11, Roll 8, Taylor 2. FT: 10-16; F: 15; Dirty: None; 3-Point Field Goals: Humphrey, Trudeau.