Men’s basketball took a 64-58 win against Northern Michigan Wildcats on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Northern Michigan University.
Sophomore guard Myles Belyeu started off the game with a layup within the first 15 seconds of tip-off. SVSU held a lead for all of the first half, ending it with an SVSU lead, 35-28. In the second half, junior guard Malik Ellison scored two and Belyeu four. NMU brought the game to 56-55 with a layup.
Junior Guard Darnell Hoskins Jr. made the final point off of free-throws, bringing the final score to 64-58 and giving a win to SVSU.
Assistant coach Thomas Twardecki said he was happy with how the game went. He said the win his favorite part of the season so far.
“The game went great,” he said. “For the majority of it, we executed our game plan and played really hard. We really made them work defensively and were able to get great shots.”
Twardecki said the team’s defense helped the Cardinals ultimately win.
“Myles stepped up and knocked down shots today, but overall, our defense was very good, and it started with our communication,” he said. “Grinding out a road win in the U.P. and bouncing back after a tough loss to Tech – I’m so proud of our guys’ effort and unselfishness.”
Twardecki said the team was not perfect, and the players are still working on making improvements.
“We gambled defensively a couple times, missed some layups and some FT’s that kept the game close,” Twardecki said. “Truthfully, everything can be improved and get better, especially this early in the season. We watch a lot of films on teams and each player, and look for tendencies on offense and defense. If they run certain plays, we will talk about how we are going to guard them.”
Twardecki said several players stood out during the game.
“We had a lot of guys step up in different ways,” he said. “Myles was key for us offensively, Fred had some huge rebounds and Malik was unbelievable defensively. A lot of guys sacrificed their shots for the betterment of the team.”
Twardecki said the team is fast-paced and plays well together.
“We have multiple guys that can go off for 25 points any night, but our team defense will make this team fun to watch,” he said. ‘We have a great group of student athletes who are continuing to grow together and buy into the team. We can’t wait to see all our fans and students out at games this year, cheering on our men and women.”
SVSU’s next game is Sunday, Dec. 15, at Northwood University.