ASHLAND, Ohio -- The Cardinal Men's Basketball team continued on the road on Saturday afternoon, facing the Ashland University Eagles in Ohio. Ashland carried a three-point lead into the halftime break and separated more in the second, claiming a 72-56 victory in the GLIAC contest.
AU improves to 10-9 overall and 3-8 in the GLIAC. The Cardinals fall to 12-7 overall and 6-5 in league play.
The Cards led to begin the opening half and until the Eagles took a 14-12 edge with 11:08 showing on the clock. Ashland built an 11-point lead (29-18) with 3:35 left but Saginaw Valley cut into that deficit.
SVSU outscored AU 10-2 the rest of the way and trimmed the deficit to three points, trailing 31-28 at the half.
Ashland maintained the lead throughout the second as well, building a lead by as many as 20 points. The Eagles would post a 41-28 edge in the half and close-out for the 72-56 win.
Inside the Boxscore
- Belyeu had a team-best 18 points, adding seven rebounds. He earned Meijer "Player of the Game" plaudits.
- Ellison added 12 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
- James Toohey had eight points with three boards.
- Delano Smith had seven points and five rebounds while Fred John Jr. had a team-high eight boards.
Saginaw Valley hosts Northern Michigan on Thursday (Jan. 30) for another league matchup. Tip-off is slated for 8:00 p.m. at SVSU's O'Neill Arena.
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