Jan. 24, 2008
Midland, Mich. - Four players scored double figures in a 24-point rout of Northwood on Thursday night. Led by Callistus Eziukwu and Nick Freer, who both scored 13 points, No. 2 Grand Valley State (21-0, 9-0) defeated the Timberwolves 77-53. The win was the Lakers 21st straight to start the year, which ties the school's all-time record for a winning streak. The streak is also the longest such streak of any Div. I or II school in the state of Michigan. The Lakers will take their streak into University Center, Mich. to play Saginaw Valley State on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Pete Trammell, who finished the game with 12 points on 4-4 shooting from long range, hit a three-pointer just 30 seconds into the game. Eziukwu and Freer scored the next five baskets to give Grand Valley a 13-7 lead; a lead that they did not relinquish. When Northwood came back to make the score 22-19, David Thompson buried a three-pointer to re-establish a six-point lead for the Lakers, 25-19.
The lead hit double digits with 1:58 remaining in the first half, when L.J. Kilgore, who finished with two points and five assists, hit two free throws to make the score 36-25. The first half closed out with a three-pointer from Joel Whymer with 1:14 left, making the score 39-25 heading into the break. Northwood had a chance to shorten the lead with four seconds left, but Eziukwu blocked a shot by Mark Barnes to end the first 20 minutes.
The second half started with six-straight points for Grand Valley. Jason Jamerson hit a long ball, three of his 10 points, followed by a traditional three-point play by Freer. Trammell hit another three with 15:30 left in the game to stretch that lead to 22 points, 52-30. Trammell's next three came at the 9:05 mark, which gave Grand Valley a 60-33 lead.
A free throw by Jamerson with 7:30 left in the game made the lead 30 points, 63-33. Grand Valley held onto the lead, although NU scored 12 points over the last 2:50. Tom Fellows hit a three-pointer with 1:05 left to give Grand Valley its final point total of 77.
Notes...Grand Valley State set a DI-DII state of Michigan record by winning its 21st straight game to start a season. Western Michigan previously held the record with 19 straight wins to open a season (1975-76)... GVSU's current 23-game home winning streak tied the school record established from 1990-91...The Grand Valley State senior class improved to 95-19 during their careers...GVSU is 77-9 since the 2005-06 season overall, including a 40-5 record in GLIAC action. Grand Valley State is 55-4 at home under Wesley.