Men’s basketball team splits away games

The Cardinals went on the road this week, taking on Northern Michigan on Thursday, Feb. 7, and Michigan Tech on Saturday, Feb. 9.

They finished 1-1 in their two-game series, putting their record at 8-15 on the season.

In the first game against the Wildcats, SVSU led for most of the first half. However, NMU was able to cut the deficit, making it a tie game at 22-22.

The Wildcats ended the first half by going on a 13-0 run, making the score 38-29.

The second half saw a lot more scoring from both sides, but the Cardinals found themselves down 18 points.

They surged for a strong comeback, cutting the lead to five points with under five minutes to go.

The Wildcats were too much in the end, pulling away to secure a 87-73 victory.

The Cardinals bounced back against Michigan Tech in their next game on Saturday.

This game was all Saginaw Valley the entire way, with Myles Beyleu and Darnell Hoskins Jr. scoring 30 points and 21 points, respectively.

Tech’s only lead of the game was when they scored first and led 2-0.

After that, the Cardinals hit a barrage of threes in the game, shooting over 40 percent for the entire contest and finishing with a strong win, 75-54.

Head coach Randy Baruth was pleased with his team’s performance, praising them for competing hard.

“(Our) team has competed really well all weekend,” Baruth said. “It was good to see them play a full 40 minutes against Tech. I really enjoy seeing their growth.”

Baruth also commented on the team’s morale going into the final stretch of games in the regular season.

“The attitude of our team has never been better in all the years I have been here,” he said. “(We) have to keep gaining experience and continue to perform at a high level.”

The team’s next contest will be at home, Thursday, Feb. 14, against Grand Valley State at 8 p.m. The team will then host Davenport for a Saturday matchup on Feb. 16 at 3 p.m

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