Bay College men’s basketball team wins game for first time in nearly 40 years

ESCANABA — It was nearly 40 years in the making, but the Bay College Norse men’s basketball team won their first game since February 1978 on Wednesday night.

After reviving the team this fall after a 39-year hiatus, the Norse defeated Alpena Community College 86-67 at home in Escanaba.

“It feels great for the kids,” Bay College coach Matt Johnson said. “They deserve it. They really worked hard to get it. I’m real excited for them.”

The Norse, who dropped a pair of games in overtime and another by two points this season, led 43-23 at halftime and by as much as 64-41 with 11 minutes left on Wednesday.

Escanaba freshman Tyler Willette led the Norse with 19 points, while freshmen teammates Rasonte Smith and Kobi Lumsden-Barnes added 14 each. Manistique product Darien Nichols added three points and point guard Dre Tuominen of Negaunee didn’t play due to an ankle injury.

Bay College hosts Mid-Michigan Community College at 3 p.m. Saturday.