Nov. 16, 2012
Allendale, Mich. - After a convincing season-opening victory on Monday night, the Grand Valley State men's basketball team travels to Louisville, Ky. for a big in-region contest on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 17). GVSU faces #4 Bellarmine at 3:15 p.m. in what will be an early test for the new-look Lakers. Both teams are 1-0 heading into the Saturday showdown.
In the season opener on Monday in Allendale, Grand Valley State rattled off the first 22 points of the second half to cruise to an 84-47 victory over Michigan-Dearborn. All 14 Lakers played, 11 different players scored, and five GVSU players scored in double figures. Four of the five Laker starters scored at least 10 points.
Grand Valley State was led by sophomore center Darius Norman, who made his first collegiate start on Monday night. Norman totaled 14 points and eight rebounds (both career-highs), while rejecting a pair of shots. His frontcourt mate, senior Tyrone Lee, tallied 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists, four steals, and a block. The duo was a perfect 9-of-9 from the field, while Norman connected on 6-of-8 free throws.
Point guard Breland Hogan added 13 points, including five points in the 22-0 run to start the second half. Sophomore Ryan Sabin drained four three-pointers for his 12 points, while newcomer Kristers Zeidaks added 11 points off the GVSU bench, including a pair of dunks in his first action as a Laker.
Bellarmine, the 2010-11 Division II National Champions and an NCAA Final Four team last season, was also victorious in its first game of the year, a 79-65 win over GLIAC counterpart Wayne State on Thursday night (Nov. 15). The Knights trailed 38-36 at halftime, but outscored WSU 43-27 in the second half for the double-digit victory. BU made 29-of-34 free throws, with newcomer Vance Hall making all 14 free throw attempts en route to a game-high 25 points.
The teams have played just twice previously, with Bellarmine capturing a 70-67 victory last season in Allendale. BU was ranked #1 in the country and led 42-31 at halftime before the Lakers rallied back in the second half to take a 63-62 lead with under four minutes remaining. The Knights used an 8-4 run to close out the win.
This year's meeting features a cast of new characters on both sides of the ball. Only five players on both GVSU and Bellarmine played in last year's game in Allendale.
Saturday's game at Bellarmine will be broadcast on the radio and also online. Fans can listen to the action exclusively on WMUS 107.9 FM or click on the link at the top of this page to listen online through gvsulakers.com.