Jan. 19, 2013
Allendale, Mich. - Another solid second half led Grand Valley State to its fifth consecutive win on Saturday night (Jan. 19), as the Lakers were victorious 59-49 over Northwood. GVSU outscored the Timberwolves 31-24 in the second half en route to its fifth straight win.
Nine different Lakers scored on Saturday night, helping the team improve to 13-3 on the season and 10-2 in GLIAC play. The Lakers are in sole possession of second place in the GLIAC North Division standings and in the overall league records. Northwood, which has lost six games by four points or less, is 6-10 overall and 5-7 in conference action.
A pair of GVSU players reached double figures, as sophomore Ryan Sabin tallied 13 points, nine coming in the second half. Sabin was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line on the night. Redshirt freshman Ricardo Carbajal, making his second straight start, supplied 12 points, as he was 4-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 at the line. Both Sabin and Carbajal added four rebounds and two assists.
The Lakers had a 28-25 lead to halftime, but took control after a second half in which they held Northwood to 25.0 percent (7-of-28) shooting. NU was 2-of-9 from three-point range in the second half and just 5-of-18 for the game. Grand Valley State shot 38.8 percent from the field and outrebounded one of the best rebounding teams in the league, 37-34.
GVSU led early 7-2 and extended that lead to 14-10 on a three-pointer from junior Rob Woodson. Northwood tied the score at 16-16 before seven consecutive points from the Lakers. Sabin and sophomore Kristers Zeidaks knocked down a pair of free throws and freshman Austin Somerfield converted an old-fashioned three-point play to put Grand Valley State ahead, 23-16, with 4:32 to play.
Northwood responded by scoring the next seven points and evening the score at 23-23. The Lakers would get a layup from sophomore Darren Washington in the final minute of the half to lead 28-25 at intermission. GVSU owned a 15-5 edge in bench points and a 7-0 advantage in second chance points in the opening 20 minutes.
The opening minutes of the second half put Grand Valley State in control. Carbajal connected on a pair of jumpers and Sabin followed with a jumper of his own to extend out to a 34-25 advantage. Zeidaks drained a three-pointer to push out to a 10-point cushion at 37-27 with 16:20 to play.
GVSU opened up a 14-point cushion thanks to a jumper from sophomore Ryan Majerle and a floater in the lane from Woodson to lead 50-36. Northwood would make a final run and get within 50-43 at the 3:54 mark, but a Carbajal jumper and a Woodson trifecta pushed the lead back out to a dozen points at 55-43.
Woodson provided nine points, a career-high tying five boards, and two assists in 23 minutes off the bench. Senior Tony Peters added seven points and five boards, while Zeidaks pulled down a team-best eight rebounds and scored five points. Somerfield gave five points and a pair of offensive rebounds, while Washington chipped in four points.
The Lakers return to action next Thursday night (Jan. 24) when GVSU hosts Saginaw Valley State at 6:00 p.m. Grand Valley State will then play four consecutive road games and not be back in Allendale until Feb. 14.