Ups and downs:

Men’s basketball begins month with close wins, women’s continues losing streak


Steven Petty

Tayler Vauters, sophomore guard, looks for an opening around India Hawkins, senior guard for Wayne state, in the home game on Jan. 20.

The men’s basketball has tallied a 2-4 record so far through the month of January.

After a 75-67 loss to Saginaw Valley State University on Jan. 3, the Pride won 88-84 against Northwood University on Jan. 5 and 86-83 against Wayne State University on Jan. 10. Since, the team has dropped three contests: 81-57, against Ashland University; 99-77, against Ferris State university; 101- 69, against Lake Superior State University.

Brian “Boomer” Roberts, men’s basketball head coach, is proud of his team, the men they are becoming and the brotherhood that is being instilled within the club.

The games against Northwood University and Wayne State University came down to the final five minutes.

“Those two games were big culture wins,” Roberts said. “What are you willing to do and what are you willing to get done for your brother?”

Last year, the men’s team recorded a 2-26 overall record. So far, the Pride have gone 6-12, tripling their win total with 10 games remaining.

“I’m really pleased with our guys coming together, our family atmosphere is growing each week,” Roberts said. “It’s all about being a family.”

A lot of people let a win total define success, the coach said, but he does not.

“I define success by how they are growing as men, and they have grown a lot as men, so it has been a successful season so far,” Roberts said.

Richard Robertson, team captain and sophomore guard, said he was pleased with the team’s season and its member’s competitive nature.

“We are always striving to get better from our last game,” Robertson said.

The contest against Wayne State was settled in overtime. Roberts said that the team has been playing fearlessly.

“Winning is a byproduct of other things, we have the ability to beat anybody,” Roberts said. “We have a chance and it’s right in front of us; our culture is growing.”

Throughout the season, the team has focused on reaching the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament, the captain said.

“Anything can happen at this point, every team in the conference is good, you can change anything any night,” Robertson said. The Pride has a series of road games coming up, but will end the month of January at home in Hammond at the FNRC against Michigan Tech on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.

Women’s basketball

Despite a nine game losing streak, Tom Megyesi, women’s head basketball coach, believes the team can gain more wins before the end of the season.

“We are going to be more aggressive, we are going to push the ball up the floor faster,” Megyesi said. “We are getting better every game, we didn’t get the win against Wayne State but we kept it close and it was an improvement.”

The pride lost 76-67 to Wayne State on Jan. 10. Since, the team has lost 112-68, against Ashland University; 94-78, against Ferris State University; and 63-59, against Lake Superior State University. The team currently holds a 2-14 record.

One hit to the team has been the loss of Bailey Goodman, junior guard, who has been out due to a knee injury.

“It hurts our depth to say the least,” Megyesi said. “She’s been our starting point guard for us the past couple of years.”

He notes that the members’ positive attitudes have not diminished during the season, nor has their work ethic.

“They are great students who had a [collective] 3.65 GPA last semester. I’m pretty proud of them; it’s the stuff you want out of a student athlete,” Megyesi said.

He said that their goals are to continue to work hard, improve everyday and just give it their all.

The women’s basketball team will have its next home game at the FRC on Jan. 31 against Michigan Tech at 5 p.m.