Nov. 13, 2013
Allendale, Mich. - The Grand Valley State men's basketball team welcomes Hope to Allendale on Thursday night (Nov. 14) for the team's final exhibition game this season. GVSU and the Flying Dutchmen will tip off in the Fieldhouse Arena at 7:00 p.m.
In the Lakers' first exhibition game of 2013-14, GVSU faced #2 Michigan State in East Lansing, with the Spartans capturing a 101-52 victory. Three players scored in double figures for Grand Valley State, led by 13 points off the bench from freshman Luke Ryskamp. Junior Ryan Sabin and freshman Trevin Alexander each added 11 points, while Alexander's eight rebounds were the most by any player in the contest.
The GLIAC recently announced its 2013-14 Preseason Poll, with GVSU slotted to finish in second place in the North Division, based on voting from the league's media. Grand Valley State's 158 points was only behind defending co-champion Wayne State's 172 points.
Sabin was voted to the Preseason All-GLIAC North Division First Team, as he returns as the team's leading scorer, averaging 10.8 points per game last season. He made 44 three-pointers in 2012-13. Sophomore Ricardo Carbajal was named to the Preseason All-GLIAC North Division Second Team after scoring 7.3 points per game and shooting 55.9 percent from the floor last year.
Last season, GVSU was 19-9 overall and 15-7 in GLIAC play, advancing to the semifinals of the GLIAC Tournament. The Lakers were particularly strong at home, owning a 13-2 record in Fieldhouse Arena.
Hope put together an 18-9 record in 2012-13, which included an 11-2 mark in conference play. The Flying Dutchmen lost in the MIAA Tournament championship game to Calvin. Thursday night's game is Hope's first (and only) exhibition game this season, as it travel to Wisconsin-Whitewater on Nov. 22 to start the regular season.
Grand Valley State will begin the 2013-14 regular season on Monday (Nov. 18) against Olivet. That game will be a 7:00 p.m. start.