Dec. 1, 2012
Painesville, Ohio - A terrific opening 20 minutes helped Grand Valley State take control early and the Lakers finished off Lake Erie on Saturday (Dec. 1) by a 68-48 final. GVSU led by a dozen points at halftime, shooting over 63 percent from the field and draining 8-of-12 triple tries in the first 20 minutes.
It was a strong second half of action on Thursday night that pushed the Lakers past Ashland, but GVSU flipped the script on Saturday, jumping out to a 12-point cushion at the intermission. The victory puts Grand Valley State at 5-1 on the year and 2-0 in GLIAC play. Lake Erie, a team that took Ferris State to overtime on Thursday night, falls to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
The Lakers put on a shooting clinic in the first 20 minutes on Saturday. GVSU was 14-of-22 from the field, including 8-of-12 from three-point range. Sophomore Ryan Majerle was a perfect 4-for-4 from long range in the opening half, while classmate Ryan Sabin went 3-for-5 from downtown.
Sabin finished with a game-high 18 points, making 5-of-9 field goals and 4-of-7 three-point attempts. He made all four free throws in 31 minutes of action. Majerle made 5-of-6 triple tries, was 6-of-8 from the field overall, and posted a season-best 17 points in the win. Combined, the sophomore shooters went 9-for-13 from downtown and tallied 35 points.
Majerle notched a pair of three-pointers in the opening two minutes and the Lakers used a Sabin triple and a layup from Kristers Zeidaks to push ahead 24-14 under the nine-minute mark. The strong shooting kept coming from Sabin and Majerle, as they each made three-pointers in a two-minute stretch around the 7:00 mark to keep GVSU ahead, 30-21.
Connecting on his fourth straight trifecta, Majerle put the Lakers up, 37-26 with 1:52 to go in the half. Sabin's three-point connection with 37 seconds remaining gave Grand Valley State a 40-28 advantage heading into the halftime break. GVSU outrebounded Lake Erie 17-7 in the first half.
The Lakers scored the first four points of the second half on layups from senior Tyrone Lee and Zeidaks to move ahead by 16 points. GVSU would own a double-digit lead the entire second half. Majerle's fifth three-pointer of the game made the score 60-37 with 8:28 to go. The advantage grew to a game-high 27 points at 66-39 after an old-fashioned three-point play from Lee and two Sabin free throws.
For the game, the Lakers shot 49.0 percent from the field and made 10-of-20 three-point shots. GVSU dominated the boards to a 39-23 advantage, which included a 10-2 lead on second chance points. Grand Valley State notched an 8-4 margin on offensive boards and a 24-16 edge in points in the paint.
In addition to Sabin and Majerle's stellar shooting, Lee supplied nine points, a couple of boards, and two blocked shots in 17 minutes. Zeidaks pulled down 11 rebounds, a high for any Laker this season. He added six points and a pair of assists. Senior point guard Breland Hogan tallied eight points, five boards, and four assists. The GVSU starting five provided 58 of the team's 68 points.
Grand Valley State returns home to take on Tiffin next Thursday night (Dec. 6) in Allendale. The teams will tip off at 6:00 p.m. in Fieldhouse Arena.