The Crusaders early-season struggles continued on Monday night, when they suffered a 71-29 drubbing at the hands of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. Shooting an anemic 21% from the floor and en even worse 3/18 from the free throw line, Great Lakes' performance could be described only as listless and uninspiring, to say the least. Seven different Aquinas players outscored the Crusaders' leading scorer.
Returning home for their first home game, however, the team seemed to find some life, as they battled with Huntington University they next night.
The team found themselves in a 14-point hole early, but led by 14-point performances from Maurice Jordan and Devlin Jefferson, rallied to cut it to two on two separate occasions before finally falling short, 85-75.
Overall, the team performed much better; shooting 47% from the floor and 4/5 from the stripe, and limiting themselves to 12 turnovers.
"We're a work in progress" says assisstant coach Carmichael Gully, "we're still lazy on defence, but we're getting better."
The Crusaders go to Bethel, Indiana for the Bethel Tournament later this week.