Feb. 7, 2013
Marquette, Mich. - A four-point lead in the second half was quickly turned into a 20-point advantage, as Grand Valley State used a huge run to knock off Northern Michigan 64-56 on Thursday night (Feb. 7). The Lakers tallied a game-changing 17-1 run over a 7:31 mark in the second stanza to get the strong road victory in Marquette.
GVSU owned a 30-29 halftime lead, but the large scoring deficit midway through the second half was the difference in the victory. The Lakers, who shot 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the field in the final 20 minutes, improve to 15-5 on the season and 12-4 in conference play. Northern Michigan, coming off of a huge win over rival Michigan Tech, fell to 5-15 overall and 4-12 in the GLIAC.
All 11 Lakers that made the trip played, with eight players scoring and all scoring at least five points. Redshirt freshman Ricardo Carbajal again led the way with a team-high 15 points, his sixth consecutive game in double figures. That ties the GVSU season-high, as guard Ryan Sabin also scored 10 or more points six straight times from Nov. 24 to Dec. 15. Carbajal was 6-of-10 from the field and made all three freebies, to go along with five boards, two steals, and a block.
Aside from Carbajal, there were a bunch of strong performances from Grand Valley State. Senior Tyrone Lee made all four free throws and scored 10 points, while guard Ryan Majerle was 3-for-4 from three-point range and added nine points. Starting point guard Breland Hogan supplied seven points and a season-high six steals (his career-high of seven thefts also happened at Northern Michigan, last season), while backup point guard Rob Woodson tallied eight points and five boards.
A back-and-forth first half began to go in the Lakers' favor late in the frame, as GVSU led 30-24 after a Majerle trifecta with 2:12 remaining. Northern Michigan, however, notched the final five points of the half, turning the game into a 30-29 contest at the intermission. Both teams shot 40.0 percent (10-of-25) and had 16 rebounds apiece in the first half.
The Wildcats were close at 38-34 before Grand Valley State put together its run that would change the course of the game. Woodson started the 17-1 run with a jumper, which was followed by a layup from sophomore Darren Washington. Carbajal then added two layups and Lee put in one of his own to push GVSU out to a 50-34 lead after a dozen consecutive points.
NMU split two free throws to stop the 12-0 run, but senior Tony Peters drained a three-pointer and Hogan scored on an easy layup to give Grand Valley State a 55-35 cushion, its biggest advantage of the game. GVSU shot 50.0 percent from the field in the game and totaled a 31-24 rebounding advantage over the home Wildcats.
The Laker defense did a tremendous job on Wildcat forward Matthew Craggs, who entered the game averaging 14.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. GVSU held Craggs, 12th in the GLIAC in scoring, to six points and two rebounds in 34 minutes, as he shot 2-of-7 from the field. NMU was led by TJ Cameron with a game-high 16 points (eight coming in the final three minutes) and Scooter Johnson (12 points).
Freshman Ernijs Ansons delivered four assists, while Peters, Washington, and freshman Austin Somerfield all added five points apiece. That means despite playing without starting forward Kristers Zeidaks, the Laker big men (Carbajal, Lee, Somerfield, Washington) combined for 35 points and shot 12-for-20 from the field.
GVSU continues to head up north for a 1:00 p.m. matchup on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 9) with Michigan Tech in Houghton. The Lakers have defeated MTU three straight times, including a 70-65 win earlier this season in Allendale.