UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – The Saginaw Valley State University men's basketball team rallied from a 10-point half-time deficit to lead Ashland University late in the second game of a weekend series at the James E. O'Neill Jr. Arena.
After the Cardinals moved in front, the Eagles fought back and escaped late with a 58-57 win to earn the sweep. The loss drops SVSU to 1-5 overall and 1-5 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Two made free throws from Delano Smith put SVSU up 52-50 with under three minutes to play, but the Eagles scored the next four and the Cardinals were unable to even the score the rest of the way.
SVSU shot 18-of-54 from the field, 6-of-25 from deep and 15-of-26 from the line. The Cardinals finished with nine assists, five steals, 35 rebounds and eight turnovers.
Aaron Thompson, the game-one hero for Ashland, finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles.
The Cardinals play a rare midweek contest against rival Northwood University at 5 pm Tuesday at the James O'Neill Jr. Arena.