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Wild SVSU rally falls short in loss to Michigan Tech

Wild SVSU rally falls short in loss to Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON, Mich. – After falling behind by as many as 25 points in the first half, the Saginaw Valley State University men's basketball team made a furious comeback in the second half, cutting the Michigan Tech lead to just one point in the final minutes of a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest on Thursday in Houghton, Mich.

The Huskies hit a big 3-pointer with 40 seconds to play to hold off the Cardinal rally, topping SVSU 77-71. The loss snaps a five-game win streak and drops SVSU to 17-8 overall and 11-6 in the GLIAC.

How it Happened:

  • The Huskies jumped out to an early 15-2 lead after an Owen White layup.
  • After another White layup, the Huskies held their biggest lead of the game at 37-12 with 6:46 to play in the first half.
  • SVSU chipped away the rest of the half, using a 16-4 run to cut the deficit to 41-28 at the break.
  • Delano Smith spurred the Cardinal comeback in the second half, converting a 3-point play just over two minutes into the second half, trimming the MTU lead to 43-36.
  • After a Tre Garrett shot was blocked, Darnell Hoskins Jr. gathered the rebound and hit a fade-away jumper to pull SVSU within a single point with 2:15 to play.
  • Hoskins Jr. netted a 3-pointer with 1:14 left to bring the Cardinals to within two points, but the Huskies answered with a 3-pointer from Adam Hobson with 40 seconds to go. MTU hit its free throws in the closing seconds to secure the win.

Inside the Box Score:

  • Delano Smith led the Cardinals with 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting, hitting four 3-pointers. The reigning GLIAC Player of the Week added six rebounds and two steals.
  • Darnell Hoskins Jr. added 17 points.
  • Tyler Witz finished with a double-double, including 14 points and 11 rebounds.
  • The Cardinals shot 28-of-60 from the field, 6-of-18 from deep, and 9-of-13 at the line.
  • MTU was led by Trent Bell with 19 points and seven rebounds. The Huskies outrebounded the Cardinals 34-31.

Up Next:

The Cardinals remain in the Upper Peninsula for a matchup with Northern Michigan University at 3:15 pm on Saturday in Marquette, Mich.