UNIVERSITY CENTER -- Despite a solid first half and eight point halftime lead, the Cardinal Men's Basketball team couldn't overcome a second half push from Northwood University and ended up falling short in an 80-77 contest at SVSU's O'Neill Arena.
After Northwood rolled out to a 9-0 lead, Saginaw Valley worked out a lead as much as 11 points after Fred John Jr. hit a triple to put the score at 35-24 with just over a minute left in the first half. The Timberwolves hit a three-pointer after that, putting the score at 35-27 heading into the halftime break with the Cardinals in front.
The Cardinals worked their way to a lead as much as 15 points, as the home squad scored the first seven points of the second half with a couple buckets from John and one from Myles Belyeu.
Northwood worked its way back and claimed a 60-59 lead at the 5:36 point. The visitors continued to lead and held a 70-68 lead with 17 seconds showing on the clock.
That set up the Cardinals with a chance to tie or win the game. Darnell Hoskins Jr. had the ball in his hands, drove and dished to John. He connected on a game-tying layup to send the game into overtime knotted at 70-70.
SVSU held a couple of leads, with the second coming as John made another layup to give the Cards a 76-75 edge.
The T-Wolves responded and reclaimed the lead, holding on and eventually taking the 80-77 victory.
Inside the Boxscore
- Belyeu posted a game-high 25 points, adding six rebounds.
- John added 17 points with six boards and two assists. He was named the Meijer "Player of the Game."
- Toohey netted 15 points with six boards, two assists and a pair of steals.
- Hoskins added 12 points with seven assists.
- Lewis grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds in the contest.
- SVSU held the 43-37 edge on the glass and 40-34 lead in the paint.
- The Cardinals had 14 offensive boards in the game.
Saginaw Valley has a pair of home league matchups this upcoming weekend, beginning Thursday (Jan. 31) versus Ferris State University. Tip-off will be at 8:00 p.m. at SVSU's O'Neill Arena.
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