SVSU’s Men’s basketball team opened their season with a 95-60 win against Delta College at O’Neill Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
The Cardinals closed the first half with a 52-31 lead.
Malik Ellison, a junior, had 13 points with three rebounds within the first 20 minutes of the game. Sophomore Myles Belyeu made good on four of seven shots for 12 points for SVSU. Senior Fred John Jr. followed up with eight points and four rebounds.
In the second half, junior Darnell Hoskins Jr. got five of field goals for 11 points and five rebounds.
The Cardinals shot 50.7 percent from the floor. They also earned 36 rebounds and got 15 turnovers.
Head Coach Randy Baruth said he knows that the team has more good games coming from this season.
“This group here, no one here needs to be a stats stuffer, no one here needs to be averaging 20 points a night, we just need to be a really good team,” Baruth said. “We have a lot of options and a lot of weapons, and as long as we bring our depth along, we’re going to be real deep. We just have to get smarter. Miles was picked as an all GLIAC player, but for him, it’s sophomore year, and he’s got to understand that he’s no secret anymore. Even like tonight, they’re not going to let him have stuff easy.” \
Despite a first game win of the season, Hoskins said the team still will continue to work hard to get better.
“I performed pretty well. I made some mistakes here and there, but I can improve and get back in the gym,” Hoskins said. “(We will prepare) by getting into the lab, in the gym, in practice and getting better at the things that haven’t been going as well.”
Hoskins said the teammates have a lot of love for each other.
“The game went really good,” he said. “It was good to play for the home crowd, play with my teammates and play against a different opponent instead of my teammates. I love my teammates. I love the way we’re progressing as individuals and as a team.”
Baruth said the team has a goal to go to the NCAA Tournament.
“Everyone’s goal this time of the year is to win a league, go to the tournament as it should be,” he said. “Our goals are no different. For us, it’s going to be what we can do and what we’re going to do differently from the other team to get there. That’s going to be the habits.”
Saginaw Valley will be playing its next game at Oakland University at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30.