Feb. 23, 2013
Allendale, Mich. - First-place Wayne State used a strong second half showing to close out Grand Valley State 75-57 in Allendale on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23). The Warriors outscored GVSU by a 42-29 margin in the final 20 minutes to seal the victory.
The Warriors improved to 17-6 on the season and 16-4 in conference play, clinching at least a share of the regular season GLIAC title. With the loss, Grand Valley State drops to 17-8 overall and 14-7 in league play, remaining in fourth place in the overall league standings with one game left in the regular season.
Both teams shot the ball well on Saturday, as Wayne State notched a 58.5 field goal percentage, including 8-of-15 from three-point range. The Lakers connected on 51.2 percent of its field goal tries, but were just 3-of-8 from downtown. WSU also owned a decided advantage at the free throw line, making more freebies (19) than Grand Valley State even attempted (15).
Four Warriors reached double figures, while GVSU was led by freshman Ricardo Carbajal and sophomore Ryan Sabin. Carbajal paced the Lakers with team-highs of 15 points and five rebounds (making 7-of-10 field goals), while Sabin added 13 points and four boards.
The first 20 minutes were a back-and-forth affair, as the teams were tied seven times and there were seven lead changes. With 10:19 to play, GVSU led 15-11 on consecutive layups from junior Rob Woodson and Carbajal. Wayne State scored four straight points to tie the game for the sixth time in the first 12 minutes.
Grand Valley State used an old-fashioned three-point play from Woodson and a short jumper from Carbajal to take a 20-16 advantage. That would be the biggest lead of the game for the Lakers. Wayne State put together an 11-2 run to open up a 27-22 cushion after back-to-back WSU three-pointers. Woodson's layup right before the buzzer made the halftime score 33-28 in favor of the Warriors.
GVSU shot 57.1 percent in the first half, while Wayne State made 54.2 percent of its show. The Warriors, however, drained 5-of-11 three-point tries and scored 10 points on 10 Laker turnovers.
Early in the second half, Grand Valley State scored on consecutive jumpers from senior Tony Peters and Sabin to make the score 38-36 in WSU's favor. Over the next six and a half minutes, Wayne State tallied a 19-5 run to take control of the contest, 57-41.
A corner three-pointer from Ernijs Ansons and two freebies from senior Breland Hogan pulled GVSU within 11 points at 61-50, but that is as close as the Lakers could get in the final seven minutes. WSU's Mike Hollingsworth made 10-of-14 free throws and notched a game-high 19 points, while forward Ian Larkin added 17 points and five boards.
Woodson added seven points for the Lakers, while senior Tyrone Lee supplied six points. Ansons scored five points and dished out a game-high four assists. Grand Valley State owned a 27-10 bench point advantage (15 of those coming from Carbajal) and led in the paint, 30-24. WSU forced 17 Laker turnovers and notched a 23-11 edge in points off turnovers.
GVSU will finish the regular season next Saturday (Mar. 2) in Allendale, as the Lakers take on Ferris State in a key rivalry game. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. There is a chance that these two teams will meet again in the opening round of the GLIAC Tournament.