Just 24 hours later, F-M met Auburn in its home opener, and the fans in the “Hornets Nest” saw a real scare from the Maroons before the hosts escaped with a 58-52 victory.
Even though F-M dominated the first quarter and secured a 19-8 lad, Auburn was not rattled. It cracked down on defense and, led by Mike Granato, moved within 27-25 by halftime.
From there, it was a back-and-forth battle. Granato, with 27 points, had more than half the Maroons’ production, and in the closing seconds F-M only led by three before a missed 3-pointer and some free throws finally allowed the Hornets to escape.
Schurman had a season-low 14 points, but backed it up with 13 rebounds. Nesher led with 15 points and added eight points, while senior Jimmy Novakowski had 12 points and five rebounds. Wittig had seven points, six assists and three steals as Wheatley contributed six points and seven rebounds.