Feb. 16, 2013
Midland, Mich. - Grand Valley State was unable to complete a season sweep of Northwood, falling to the Timberwolves on their home floor on Saturday (Feb. 16) by a 60-52 final. The Lakers led by a point at halftime, but Northwood took control in the second half, closing out GVSU by scoring nine of the game's final 13 points.
There were 11 lead changes in the contest, with Grand Valley State leading by as many as 10 points in the first half and Northwood owning as large as a 13-point advantage in the final stanza. GVSU drops to 16-7 overall and 13-6 in conference play, while Northwood improves to 11-12 on the season and 10-9 in league action.
For the Lakers, their lone bright spot was senior forward Tyrone Lee, who played arguably his best game in a GVSU uniform. He led all players with 21 points and 14 rebounds, both of which are new career-highs for Lee. For the game, he was 7-of-14 from the field and 7-of-10 at the free throw line. Lee's previous career-high in points was 15 against Ferris State on Feb. 25, 2012.
It was also the first double-double of Lee's career and the second time he's reached double-digit rebounds in a game. The 14 boards are the most by a Laker since Dec. 19, 2009 when Justin Ringler pulled down 15 rebounds in an overtime win at Hillsdale.
Northwood was on top 7-6 at the 12:51 mark before GVSU notched 10 straight points to take a 16-7 advantage. The final two points of that run were on an emphatic one-handed dunk from Lee. Minutes later, an old-fashioned three-point play for Lee put the Lakers on top, 19-9 with 4:46 remaining.
The Timberwolves began to chip away and took a 24-23 lead with 11 seconds to play in the half. Grand Valley State responded with the final bucket of the first 20 minutes, a nifty layup from junior Rob Woodson right before the halftime buzzer. GVSU led 25-24 at the intermission behind 40.9 percent shooting, while Northwood connected on 33.3 percent of its attempts.
After an early NU jumper to start the second half, Lee answered with a layup and sophomore Ryan Majerle buried a three-point try to give the Lakers a 30-26 cushion. Northwood took back the lead at 38-34 and a 75-second stretch turned the game completely in the Timberwolves favor.
Cameron Joyce, Andrew VanDierenDonck, and Booker Stoudmire nailed back-to-back-to-back three-pointers to move Northwood out to a 47-34 lead, its biggest of the contest. GVSU would give one final push in the last four minutes of the game.
With 3:48 to play, sophomore Ryan Sabin knocked down a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 51-43. Senior Breland Hogan scored on a layup, and Sabin drained another trifecta to make it a 51-48 game with 1:27 to go. Northwood answered right back with an old-fashioned three-point play and two free throws from Joyce to move out to a 56-48 score with only 50 seconds left.
For the game, Grand Valley State shot 40.0 percent from the field, but just 3-of-12 from three-point range. The Lakers led in points in the paint (28-20), but Northwood tallied 14 points on 12 GVSU turnovers. NU shot 39.6 percent from the floor and made 7-of-21 triple tries. The Timberwolf bench tallied a 16-8 advantage and Northwood held a slim 35-33 rebounding edge.
Sabin scored eight points to go with two assists and two boards, while Hogan added six points and three assists. Freshman Ernijs Ansons also dished out three assists.
The Lakers play their final road game of the regular season next Thursday (Feb. 21) at 6:00 p.m. at Saginaw Valley State. Earlier on Saturday, SVSU notched a 53-50 upset victory over Michigan Tech in University Center, Mich.