Jan. 17, 2013
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - Grand Valley State shot 57.7 percent from the field and poured in 50 points in the second half to secure a solid road victory, defeating Lake Superior State 71-62 on Thursday night (Jan. 17). The game was tied 21-21 at halftime before GVSU notched their highest-scoring half of the season to capture its fourth straight victory.
With the win, the Lakers are 12-3 overall and 9-2 in GLIAC play, having won four consecutive league contests. Lake Superior State, owners of a recent six-game win streak, fall to 8-6 on the year and 6-5 in conference games.
Four different GVSU players reached double figures, who were short-handed heading into the game. Sophomore Kristers Zeidaks tallied his first career double-double with team-highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds. It was the first double-double for a Laker player since James Thomas notched 17 points and 10 rebounds against Ashland on Feb. 9, 2012.
Making the first start of his Laker career, redshirt freshman Ricardo Carbajal supplied career-highs in both points (13) and rebounds (eight), playing 29 strong minutes. Carbajal was moved into the starting lineup after injuries to frontcourt mates Tyrone Lee and Darius Norman. Senior Breland Hogan added 12 points and three assists, while sophomore Ryan Sabin knocked down three three-pointers and scored 11 points, all in the second half.
Lake Superior State held a 7-6 lead early before back-to-back-to-back layups from Carbajal put GVSU ahead 12-7 at the 8:58 mark of the first half. A three-pointer from Hogan gave the Lakers their biggest advantage in the opening 20 minutes at 15-10. LSSU, however, scored the final four points of the half and knotted the score at 21-21 at the intermission.
In the first frame, GVSU shot 39.1 percent from the field, but was just 2-of-11 from three-point range. The Laker defense held Lake Superior State to 32.0 percent shooting and 3-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Sabin knocked down consecutive three-pointers in the opening minutes of the second half and moments later, a Tony Peters trifecta gave GVSU a 32-24 advantage. Lake Superior State used a 10-2 run to tie the game at 34-34 with 13:20 to play. It would be the closest LSSU would be for the remainder of the contest. Sabin's three-pointer just 21 seconds later broke the tie and kept GVSU in the lead for good.
A three-pointer from junior Rob Woodson and a layup from Carbajal put Grand Valley State ahead 42-36 with 10:13 to go. The lead would swell to nine points on several occasions, including a Ryan Majerle triple at the 6:04 mark, putting GVSU ahead 54-45.
LSSU made one final run, getting to within four points at 56-52 with 3:08 to play. Hogan knocked down a pair of free throws, then Zeidaks had a huge 10-second stretch. He blocked a shot on one end, then on the offensive side he hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to push GVSU out to a 61-52 lead. After the teams traded free throws, the visiting Lakers had a solid road win.
Along with the double-digit scorers, Peters added nine points and made all four free throw tries. Grand Valley State was 14-for-20 at the charity stripe and finished 9-of-22 from three-point range. For the game, the Lakers shot 49.0 percent and held Lake Superior State to 41.5 percent shooting.
GVSU returns home to host Northwood on Saturday night in Allendale. The Lakers and Timberwolves will square off at 6:00 p.m. in the Fieldhouse Arena.