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Cardinals complete sweep of GVSU with 66-64 win on Senior Day

Cardinals complete sweep of GVSU with 66-64 win on Senior Day

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. -- The Saginaw Valley State University men's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 66-64 victory over Grand Valley State University on Saturday in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season finale. The Cardinals honored their senior class prior to the game.

SVSU moves to 18-10 overall and 12-8 in GLIAC play. With the win, the Cardinals claimed the South Division Championship.

NOTE: The Cardinals honored the 2022 senior class with a ceremony prior to the game, including Darnell Hoskins Jr., Delano Smith, James Toohey, and Tyler Witz

How it happened:

  • The Lakers began the game on an 8-2 run before the first media timeout. 
  • A 3-pointer by Darnell Hoskins Jr. brought the Cardinals to within two.
  • GVSU went on a 9-2 run before a layup by James Toohey with 10 minutes remaining in the half slowed it down. 
  • With 7:11 left, the Lakers opened up a 10-point lead, before Delano Smith answered with a 3-point bucket. 
  • The Cardinals continued to fight and cut the lead to just three points with a layup by Smith at the halftime buzzer. The Lakers went into the locker room with a 37-34 advantage.
  • Freddie McIntosh shrunk the GVSU lead to two points with 16:17 left in the game. 
  • SVSU continued to stay in the game, never allowing the Lakers to lead by more than eight points. 
  • Delano Smith drew contact on an and-one basket and tied the game at 56-56 with 7:22 to go in the game.
  • The Cardinals took their first lead of the game with 3:52 remaining when a tip-in layup by Tyler Witz put SVSU up 62-61. 
  • SVSU never relinquished the lead, holding off GVSU in the final minute to earn the victory.

Inside the Box Score:

  • Delano Smith posted 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting. He also pulled down eight rebounds.
  • Freddie McIntosh added 11 points, including going 3-of-5 from 3-point land.
  • Tyler Witz scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds. 
  • SVSU was 26-of-54 from the field, 3-of-10 from deep, and 9-of-16 from the free-throw line. 
  • Jake Van Tubbergen led the Lakers with 16 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double. 

Up next:

The Cardinals will play next in the GLIAC Postseason Tournament starting Wednesday. SVSU will be the No. 4 seed in the tournament and host a rematch with No. 5 seed Grand Valley State. Time will be announced when available. 

Postgame interview with Head Coach Randy Baruth below: