Men’s basketball faced off against Lake Superior State University on Saturday, Feb. 3.
The Cardinals looked to bounce back after suffering a 92-70 loss at home to Ferris State on Thursday, Jan. 31.
The team came out strong in the beginning of the first half, getting out to a 10-2 lead with 16 minutes left.
Myles Beyleu led the Cardinals with his aggressive scoring, getting to the foul line often.
The Lakers shot their way back into the game, eventually, and took the lead going into halftime, 41-33.
The second half saw a back-and-forth start from both teams, with the Cardinals battling hard to cut the lead.
There was a late surge by SVSU to cut the lead under double digits with under 10 minutes to go. However, the Lakers would not fold.
The Cardinals were outscored 46-39 in the
second half, trailing by as many as 20 points at one time.
LSSU pulled away at the end of the game, securing a 15-point lead, defeating the Cardinals 87-72.
Head coach Randy Baruth was proud of the way his team fought throughout the contest.
“(There) was no reason for us to hang our heads (Saturday),” Baruth said, “We played hard; they just made more shots at the end of the day.”
The Cardinals had two players in double figures.
Beyleu led the team with 24 points, and Darnell Hoskins Jr. had 16 points and six assists.
Hoskins held his head high after the game, praising his team’s fight and heart.
“(Our) team fought hard, and I am very proud of them,” he said. “We just have to keep working and prepare for the next game.”
The Cardinals will head up north for a couple of away games to take on Northern Michigan on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Michigan Tech on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.
Reporting by Marq Williams, Vanguard Reporter