SVSU’s men’s basketball team lost to Ashland Jan. 25, 72-56.
The team is now 12-7 for the season with nine games left before the GLIAC Tournaments and NCAA II Regionals.
Point leaders for the game were sophomore guard Myles Belyeu with a total of 18 points and junior guard Malik Ellison with a total of 12 points.
Ashland scored within four seconds of the first half.
SVSU was quick to catch up with a jump shot by Ellison.
Belyeu led the team with 12 points in the first half.
The game held tight for the first half, but SVSU eventually fell behind, ending the first half three points down from Ashland, 31-28.
The Cardinals struggled in the second half, allowing Ashland to lead 41-28.
Senior forward Fred John Jr. was able to end the game with a layup, but SVSU still fell 76-52.
Belyeu added seven rebounds.
Head coach Randy Baruth said there were some struggles in the game.
“We struggled to make shots tonight, even though we felt they were good looks,” he said. “Some of that carried over to our defense. We needed to rebound better and stop the ball in transition.”
Baruth said the team will continue to play hard.
“Our goals are just to play as hard as we can every day in practice and in the weight room, and the results will take care of themselves,” he said.
SVSU will take on Northern Michigan University Jan. 30. at SVSU’s O’Neill Arena.