Feb. 21, 2013
University Center, Mich. - Grand Valley State put together a terrific second half, especially on the defensive end, to knock off Saginaw Valley State 60-52 on Thursday night (Feb. 21). The Lakers shot 52.6 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes, while holding SVSU to 5-of-26 shooting and just 1-of-13 from three-point range.
For the game, GVSU nearly doubled Saginaw Valley State in shooting percentage, as the Lakers connected on 53.8 percent of its field goal tries. Defensively, the Lakers held SVSU to 28.6 percent shooting and 3-of-21 from beyond the arc. Grand Valley State also dominated the paint to the tune of a 32-18 advantage and owned a 22-9 edge in bench points.
The win puts the Lakers at 17-7 overall and 14-6 in GLIAC play, while SVSU drops to 11-12 on the year and 9-11 in league action. Saginaw Valley State had won three consecutive games, which included home wins over Wayne State and Michigan Tech.
Four GVSU players notched at least 10 points, three of which were seniors. Forward Tyrone Lee (team-high 13 points, game-high nine rebounds), guard Tony Peters (12 points, career-high seven boards, 3-of-5 three-pointers), and point guard Breland Hogan (10 points, four boards, four assists) all reached double figures. Sophomore guard Ryan Sabin added 11 points in 31 minutes, making 4-of-6 field goal tries.
Thursday's game did not start well for Grand Valley State, as the visitors trailed SVSU 11-2 and 18-7 midway through the first half. The Lakers started to trim away at the deficit, using a Hogan jumper and a three-pointer from Ryan Majerle to begin the comeback. Five straight points from Sabin on a layup and a three-pointer made the score 22-19 before the Cardinals answered with six straight points of their own.
Trailing 28-19, GVSU closed the half by scoring the final eight points and also held Saginaw Valley State scoreless over the last 4:36 of the stanza. Junior Rob Woodson converted a layup and Peters hit back-to-back three-pointers in a 50-second stretch to put the halftime score at 28-27 in SVSU's favor.
The Lakers did shoot 55.0 percent in the first half, but Saginaw Valley State forced seven GVSU turnovers, pulled down five offensive boards, and owned an 8-0 advantage in second chance points.
Grand Valley State immediately took over at the beginning of the second half. 10 of the first 12 points were scored by the Lakers, including five points from Peters and a pair of layups from Lee. Peters' third trifecta of the game made the score 37-30 with 16:48 to play and gave GVSU its largest lead up to that point.
The stingy Grand Valley State defense began to dominate, holding SVSU to just four points over a 7-minute, 30-second stretch. That advantage grew to 52-42 with 4:48 remaining, but the Cardinals were able to cut the score to 52-48 at the 2:40 mark. On the next offensive trip, Lee dropped a beautiful pass to redshirt freshman Ricardo Carbajal underneath the basket and Carbajal easily scored to extend the lead to six points.
GVSU closed out the game at the charity stripe, making 6-of-8 free throws in the final 1:09, three coming from Hogan and a pair from Sabin. Both those Lakers are in the top-15 in the GLIAC in free throw percentage and showed why in the final minute.
Lee shot 6-of-12 from the field in the game, while Peters was 4-for-7. Woodson added six points, six rebounds, two assists, and a steal for the Lakers, as part of another strong effort from the GVSU reserves.
Thursday was the team's final regular season road game, as the Lakers head home to take on Wayne State on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23). The tip-off between GVSU and the first place Warriors is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.