SVSU’s men’s basketball team kicked off regular season gameplay on Friday, Nov. 8.
After a long offseason that featured few notable exits from the team’s roster, a sixth-place finish in the GLIAC pre-season poll, and a 1-2 record in scrimmages, the Cardinals got back to meaningful games.
Tip-off occurred at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, against the University of Indianapolis as part of the GLIAC and GLVC Crossover Series.
After a close first half that had the Cardinals trailing 36-32, the second half featured 41 points from both teams, contributing to the 77-73 loss by the Cardinals in its first taste of regular season action.
Saginaw Valley held its largest lead of the game, 60-55, with just under seven minutes left to play in the game.
For the next five minutes the outcome of the game seemed unclear to everyone as there were three lead changes that led to the game being tied 72-72 with under two minutes left after a Fred John basket.
Saginaw would miss its final five shots and make only one of its two free-throws as Indianapolis added two baskets and a free-throw of their own, creating the 77-73 final score.
Junior guard Darnell Hoskins Jr. led the offense for SVSU scoring 19 points, including five made three-pointers, in the losing effort.
Sophomore guard Myles Belyeu scored 18 points of his own while also contributing 10 rebounds and four assists as he earned his first double-double of the season.
Senior forward Fred John added a doubledouble of his own with his game-high 11 rebounds and 13 points.
Saginaw did not have a lot of time to dwell over its close loss as the team followed its Nov. 8 game with a matchup against the Bellarmine University Knights.
The Knights are the number three team in the national rankings.
Even following the strong performance against Indianapolis, SVSU could not find a way to beat third-ranked Bellarmine.
SVSU fell 97-68. SVSU could not find its footing in the first half as they trailed 49-29 going into the locker room.
In the second half the Cardinals did a better job scoring as they scored 39 points, but still ended up losing 97-68.
Belyeu scored a team-high 21 points and had three assists. Hoskins added 11 points of his own along with an assist and a steal.
Saginaw is now 0-2 on the season. The team has its next game at home against Grace Christian on Wednesday, Nov. 13th.