The men’s basketball team ended their fourgame road trip with an overtime victory over Wayne State on Saturday, Jan. 19.
The Cardinals had lost earlier that week to the 14-1 Ashland Eagles, as the Eagles ended up making short work of SVSU with a final score of 83-61. Freshman guard Miles Belyeu led the way with 22 points while sophomore guard Darnell Hoskins Jr. added 20.
The Cardinals were able to turn it around on Saturday, finally putting their losing ways behind them in a contest at Wayne State that saw three Cards scoring 20 points or more.
The game began and remained tight early, but toward the end of the second quarter, the Warriors began to pull away. SVSU had trouble landing shots in the final two minutes, giving Wayne State enough time to build a steady 52-44 lead going into the second half.
The Cards were led by sophomore guard James Toohey’s four three pointers. Toohey and Belyeu kept SVSU alive with their combined 23 points on 7-10 shooting.
Warrior momentum was sustained heading into the second half, as they pushed their lead to as much as 11 before the half came to a close.
However, Hoskins joined Toohey and Belyeu in lighting up the scoreboard to bring the Cards back. A steal by Hoskins at the 16-minute mark led to an energy-killing dunk from Belyeu that cut the Warrior lead to six, essentially swinging the momentum toward SVSU. It wasn’t until the final minutes of the half that SVSU was able to close the gap enough to make Wayne State sweat. The Cardinals found themselves with the ball, down by three with only 12 seconds left.
Hoskins ended up being the one to take the shot, as he buried a deep three with only two seconds remaining on the clock to tie the game for the first time all night and send the game into overtime, 85-85.
Overtime was all Toohey, as his 3-3 from the field, including two three-pointers, was enough to force the Warriors to foul in the final minute, securing the lead and the win for the Cardinals, 101-97.
Toohey ended the night with a team-high 27 points on 9-13 shooting, which included seven three-pointers. Belyeu added 24, most of which came from the charity stripe (13-14), and Hoskins rounded out the high-scoring night with 20 of his own, tacking on seven assists for good measure.
Reporting from Dylan Powell, Vanguard Sports Editor