Sophomore guard Myles Belyeu led the team with 20 points, but the Cardinals still fell to No. 15 Grand Valley 75-61 on Jan. 18.
After trailing 14-2 early, a late run helped SVSU cut the deficit to eight points with four minutes left in the first half.
SVSU shot 24.1% and scored 30 points, leading to a 41-30 deficit heading into the half.
Belyeu and junior guard Malik Ellison led SVSU in scoring with eight points in the first half.
After a layup by junior guard Delano Smith with 14:23 left in the game, SVSU was still trailing by six points.
GVSU extended its lead to 24 points with four minutes left in the game. SVSU went on a 10-point run to end the game but still could not catch.
In the second half GVSU outscored SVSU 34-31 to cap off the 75-61 final score.
Belyeu added 12 points to his total in the second half, Ellison added seven points and Smith added six points.
Belyeu led all players with 13 rebounds in the game on his way to his sixth double-double of the season.
Ellison finished the game with 15 points and two rebounds, while Smith added eight points and 10 rebounds to the Cardinals’ efforts.
SVSU scored more three pointers than GVSU, as well as converting a higher free throw percentage and scoring more second chance points.
With the loss, SVSU now has an 11-6 overall record this season to go along with their record of 5-4 I GLIAC conference play. This puts them in third place in the GLIAC south and sixth place overall.
SVSU’s next two games come this week on the road against two GLIAC opponents – Wayne State on Jan. 23 and Ashland on Jan. 25.