Jan. 5, 2013
Allendale, Mich. - Grand Valley State used a complete team effort to snap a two-game losing streak, as the Lakers took care of visiting Malone on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 5) by a 78-63 score. GVSU had 10 players reach the scoring column in the victory, while also owning large leads in points in the paint (38-8), bench points (34-8), and points off turnovers (21-3).
After suffering a last-minute 83-79 defeat to Walsh on Thursday night, the Lakers were able to bounce back against a Malone team that previously owned a four-game GLIAC winning streak. The win puts Grand Valley State at 9-3 overall and 6-2 in conference play, while Malone drops to 6-5 on the season and 4-4 in the GLIAC.
Seven different GVSU players scored eight or more points, led by sophomore guard Ryan Sabin, who notched 18 points and corralled a career-high seven boards. The only other Laker in double-digits was junior Rob Woodson, as he tallied all 10 of his points in the second half. He also dished out four assists and did not commit a turnover in 19 minutes off the bench.
The Lakers shot 50.8 percent from the field, including a 60.9 clip (14-of-23) in the pivotal second half, when GVSU pulled away. After leading 40-34 at the intermission, Grand Valley State outscored Malone 38-29 in the final 20 minutes, while holding the Pioneers to 6-of-25 shooting (24.0 percent). For the game, Malone shot just 34.7 percent from the floor despite going 11-of-24 from three-point range.
GVSU took its first lead of the game at the 11:51 mark of the first half after sophomore Ryan Majerle drained a three-point attempt to go ahead, 17-16. It was Grand Valley State's first lead of the game and the Lakers would not trail again.
Following the Majerle trifecta, sophomore Kristers Zeidaks threw down a two-handed dunk off a missed GVSU jumper and freshman Darren Kapustka buried a three-pointer. A jumper from Ernijs Ansons put the Lakers on top 24-16 and capped off a 12-0 run for the home team.
Another follow-up dunk by Zeidaks in the final minute gave Grand Valley State a 40-29 advantage, but Malone would respond by scoring five points in the final 25 seconds of the half. The Lakers led at the break, 40-34, which included a 15-0 tally on points off turnovers.
Zeidaks threw down another dunk, this time at the 17:23 mark, for the first points of the second half and GVSU would extend its advantage to 49-39 on a Majerle three-pointer. Malone pulled within six points at 49-43 with 12:38 to play before another Majerle triple and an old-fashioned three-point play from Woodson. The score was 55-43 at this point and Malone would not get any closer than nine points the rest of the game.
Sabin was 6-of-11 from the field and made all four free throw attempts, as he was just one point shy of his career-high total. Majerle was 3-for-5 from downtown and added nine points and two steals, while Zeidaks notched eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots.
Senior Tyrone Lee supplied eight points and eight rebounds, as classmate Breland Hogan delivered eight points, four boards, three assists, and no turnovers. Guard Tony Peters started for the first time this season and also tallied eight points and a pair of steals.
GVSU continues its homestand next Thursday night (Jan. 10) when the Lakers welcome Northern Michigan to Allendale. That game will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Fieldhouse Arena.