UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University men's basketball team defeated Cedarville University 88-76 to pick up its second win of the young season and improve to 2-3 overall.
The Cardinals were led by Meijer "Player of the Game" Greg Foster (Indianapolis, Ind./T.C. Howe HS) who scored a game high 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds.
Chris Webb (Saginaw, Mich./Arthur Hill HS) would add 19 points and three assists, while Jay Thames (Port Huron, Mich./Northern HS) and Eli Redman (Bath, Mich.) each recorded eight points. Sean Romsek (Fowlerville, Mich.) posted six points in his first action of the season.
Foster led the Cardinals in the first half with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and five rebounds. Webb would drop in 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while Mike Schaaf (Saginaw, Mich./Arthur Hill HS) would add five points and four boards. SVSU would set the tone early, jumping out to a 7-0 advantage in the first minute of the game. The Cardinals forced eight turnovers in the half, including back-to-back shot clock violations midway through the half as they used their defense to kick start their offense. Saginaw Valley would push their lead to as much as 23 points on a pair of Webb free-throws with 5:55 left in the half and would take a 51-29 lead into the intermission.
The Cardinals would keep the pressure on the Yellow Jackets in the early stages of the second half, extending their lead to 26 points on a pair of Redman free-throws with 13:34 to play. Cedarville would mount a mini rally cutting the Cardinal lead to 71-54 with 6:21 left in regulation, before SVSU was able to push their advantage to 19 points on a Foster free-throw with just 2:28 to play. The Yellow Jackets would rally one more time late, cutting the final SVSU advantage to 88-76 as time expired.
The Cardinals improve to 2-3 overall on the season with the win, while Cedarville falls to 3-2. SVSU will return to action on December 1 when they host Lake Superior State University in their 2011-12 GLIAC opener at James E. O'Neill Arena.