Score: No. 2 Saginaw Valley 104, Grace Bible 65
Records: SVSU (5-0) | Grace Bible (5-5)
James E. O'Neill Jr. Arena - University Center, Mich.
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The nationally second-ranked SVSU men's basketball team notched its fifth straight victory to begin the 2016-17 season after defeating the Grace Bible Tigers by a final score of 104-65 in O'Neill Arena. The Cardinals got a career-high 32 points from redshirt freshman Jake Daniels, who broke the single game record for three-pointers with nine in the win.
The Cardinals ran out to a 15-0 lead in the game, which was capped-off by a pair of Daniels triples and a good free throw at the 15:13 mark.
The Tigers drew the game a bit closer, but a string of four consecutive triples from Daniels, starting at the 3:05 marker with the score 37-22, made the SV lead 49-24 after the 12-2 run.
Grace Bible would tack-on a pair of free throws with 0.8 seconds left on the clock in the first half, the the Cardinals carried a 51-30 lead into the halftime break.
Saginaw Valley would grow the lead to 31 points at 76-45 with 11:21 remaining in the second half after Mike Wells made good on a pair of free throw attempts.
The largest lead of the game for the home side would come as SVSU hit the 100-point mark, pushing 44 points ahead of the Tigers at 100-56 with 2:34 to play when Malik Garner cut through the lane for a layup. The final score would be 104-65, with the Cardinals moving to 5-0 on the season.
Inside the Boxscore
- Daniels was 10-of-17 from the floor, going 9-of-15 from beyond the arc for the 32 points. He was 3-of-4 from the line and added four rebounds, three steals and an assist. He was named the Meijer Player of the Game for the stellar performance.
- Devin Dixon had a game-high 10 rebounds for SV, adding eight points in the game.
- C.J. Turnage posted 19 points in the matchup with eight boards, two assists and a pair of steals.
- Richie Roberts netted 14 points with three rebounds, two steals and an assist.
- Garner posted eight points with eight assists, adding two steals and a rebound.
- The Cardinals shot 52.4% (43-82) from the floor and out-rebounded the Tigers by a mark of 43-36.
- SVSU committed just eight turnovers and forced 25 on the defensive end, converting into 33 points off those 25 mis-haps.
- The Cardinals posted a 62-30 edge in points in the paint and had 28 fastbreak points while allowing just 10.
Saginaw Valley, which recently jumped from No. 4 to No. 2 in Tuesday's NABC Top-25 Coaches Poll, has the weekend off and continues play on Monday (Nov. 28) with a non-conference matchup against Olivet College. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. at O'Neill Arena.
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