Lakers Hold Off ODU 67-58 to Win Sixth Straight
Senior point guard Breland Hogan scored a team-high 16 points and was 8-of-8 at the free throw line
Senior point guard Breland Hogan scored a team-high 16 points and was 8-of-8 at the free throw line

Dec. 8, 2012

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Allendale, Mich. - Grand Valley State extended its win streak to six straight games behind nearly 48 percent shooting on Saturday (Dec. 8) in a 67-58 home victory over Ohio Dominican. The Lakers had three players reach double figures and used a 32-18 edge in points in the paint to move to 5-0 at home this season.

The Lakers improved to 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in GLIAC play, with the team's lone loss coming on Nov. 17 at #4 Bellarmine. It was a weekend sweep for GVSU, as it defeated Tiffin (66-52) on Thursday night in Allendale. Ohio Dominican falls to 3-5 on the season and 0-4 in conference play.

GVSU also moves to 7-0 when scoring at least 60 points, as three Laker starters notched double-digits, led by senior point guard Breland Hogan's 16 points. Hogan was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, notching 10 of his points in the first half. Sophomore Ryan Sabin added 15 points, including a rarely seen four-point play, while forward Tyrone Lee supplied 13 points and seven boards.

For the game, the Lakers shot 47.9 percent from the field and made 18-of-22 free throws. Ohio Dominican connected on just 39.6 percent of its field goal attempts and committed 15 turnovers, which led to 14 GVSU points.

Lee scored the first four points of the game on back-to-back layups, but ODU responded by taking a 10-6 lead. After a Hogan jumper, Sabin lifted a three-point try from the right wing, connecting on the shot and drawing the foul. Sabin converted the four-point play that put the Lakers on top, 12-10.

With the game tied at 20-20, Sabin hit another three-pointer and Hogan buried two freebies for a quick 5-0 surge. That is the advantage that Grand Valley State would take to halftime, leading 35-30 at the intermission. In the opening 20 minutes, GVSU outscored Ohio Dominican in the painted area, 14-4.

An early 9-2 run to start the second half put GVSU ahead 44-32 after sophomore Ryan Majerle knocked down a triple try. The dozen-point advantage was quickly erased, as Ohio Dominican cut the deficit to 48-47 with 9:56 to play. Hogan responded with a jumper and sophomore Kristers Zeidaks slammed home a fast break dunk to build a five-point cushion.

The visiting Panthers would not go away, again getting within a point at 52-51 with 5:54 remaining. GVSU answered with nine straight points to take control. A Hogan layup was followed by an up-and-under reverse layup from Sabin, who was fouled and made the free throw. Hogan sunk two more freebies and junior Rob Woodson scored on a layup off a beautiful backdoor pass from Lee to make the lead 61-51 with over three minutes to play.

That would be enough for Grand Valley State to nab their fourth conference win of the year. In addition to the three double-figure scorers, Zeidaks added six points, four boards, and a pair of blocks. Majerle put together five points, three assists, three boards, two steals, and a block.

Sophomore post player Darren Washington scored four points and dished out a game-high four assists, while blocking one ODU shot attempt. Another transfer, Ricardo Carbajal, added six points in 13 minutes off the bench.

It was the final home game in 2012 for the Laker men, as GVSU travels to Hillsdale next Saturday (Dec. 15) for a 6:00 p.m. contest with the Chargers.



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