Dec. 30, 2006
Lakeland, Fla. - Junior center Callistus Eziukwu made his presence felt in just his second game back from injury Saturday night in Lakeland, Fla. as he recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in just 18 minutes of action as the Lakers rolled to a 62-42 win over the host Florida Southern Moccasins. The Laker defense forced Florida Southern into a poor shooting night that saw the Moccasins hit just 14 field goals and 42 points. Grand Valley will host Michigan Tech in the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8 pm in its first GLIAC contest of the new year.
Senior Dan Redder connected on a pair of free throws at the 19:12 mark of the first half for the first two points of the contest as the Lakers scored 16 of the initial 19 points of the game en route to a 16-3 lead. GVSU would lengthen its lead to 18 late in the half as the Lakers big men poured in 18 points in the paint in the opening 20 minutes. The Laker defense forced the host Moccasins into 23.1 percent shooting from the field with just six field goals. GVSU led 33-15 at the break and improved to 9-0 on the year when leading at halftime.
Florida Southern attempted to cut into the Laker lead to start the second half but were unable to get the lead under 15. GVSU continued to add to its lead late in the second half as the Lakers used a 6-0 run that upped its lead to a game-high 30 with 3:35 left. The Moccasins reserves were able to cut the final margin to 20, 62-42.
Eziukwu led all scorers with 14 points, in just his second game back from injury. The junior center also ripped down 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the 2006-07 season and 15th of his career. Junior Jason Jamerson tallied his fifth consecutive game with at least 13 points as the junior guard connected on 5-of-10 shots, including three three-pointers for 13 points. Senior Mike Hall, who knocked down a crucial free throw the night before in GVSU's 59-58 win over #10 Montevallo, scored 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting and pulled down five rebounds. Head Coach Ric Wesley improved to 55-16 in his third year, in large part due to a Laker defense that held the Moccasins to their second-lowest point total and shooting percentage in school history with 42 points and 27.5 percent. The Laker bench provided an additional presence as only four players played more than 20 minutes and the GVSU bench tallied 24 points.
The win keeps GVSU's non-conference record at an unblemished 7-0 and improves its overall mark to 10-2 on the season, which ties for the best 12 game start since last year's squad. The Lakers will now open their 2007 GLIAC schedule as they take on Michigan Tech (Jan. 3) and Northern Michigan (Jan. 6) in a pair of GLIAC doublheaders at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.