Bay College men’s basketball falls in overtime in return of program

ESCANABA — There was plenty of excitement in the gym at Bay College Wednesday night as its men’s basketball team played its first regular-season game in four decades.

The outcome wasn’t what the Norse wanted, however, as they dropped a 97-92 overtime decision to Wisconsin-Marinette in front of a nearly packed house.

Bay was within 95-92 following a pair of free throws by freshman guard Alfonzo Fields with 10.7 seconds left in the overtime.

Bay was then forced to foul and put Levi Kempa at the line with seven seconds remaining.

The freshman forward from Menominee then sank a pair of free throws, enough to secure the decision.

The Norse took an 81-78 lead on a pair of free throws by freshman guard Dre’ Tuominen of Negaunee with 13.7 seconds left in regulation.

Marinette sophomore forward Matt Newman, however, drained a jump shot from the left corner with six-tenths of a second remaining to force the overtime.

“They felt real good about themselves after that,” Bay coach Matt Johnson said. “It’s a game of momentum. Anytime you let somebody hang around and have an opportunity, this is possible.”

Bay’s Marcus McKenney finished with 22 points, while Alfonso Fields added 19. Tuominen hit 16 and Tyler Willette had 10.

The Norse play Ellsworth Community College at 5 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the Koingsmark Classic.