Men’s basketball defeats Division I opponent for first time

Nov. 12: No. 7 Hillsdale 75, SVSU 67 Nov. 13: SVSU 85, Malone 80
Nov. 17: SVSU 84, Olivet 73
Nov. 18: SVSU 80, Western Michigan 63 Nov. 21: Gannon 90, SVSU 80

A 80-63 win over the Western Michigan Broncos for the Cardinals men’s basketball team on Nov. 18 was its first in school history against a Division I opponent.

Senior guard Delano Smith led the Saginaw Valley offense with 23 points along with a rebound, steal and assist.

Senior guard Darnell Hoskins Jr. (12) and senior forward Tyler Witz (11) also scored in double digits for the Cardinals.

After trailing 7-2 early, SVSU was able to take an 11-9 lead and not trail for the rest of the game.

A late run by the Broncos in the first- half narrowed the score heading into the halftime break as Saginaw Valley found themselves ahead 36-30.

In the second half, the Cardinals scored the first seven points extending its lead to 13.

Western Michigan was able to tie the score at 47-47 with 13:48 left in the game, but the Cardinals would pull away soon after.

SVSU ended the game on a 33-13 run as it was able to score 44 points in the second half to down the Broncos 80-63.

Saginaw ended the game making 25 of its 50 shots, including nine of its 20 three point attempts and making 21 free throws.

On defense, SVSU forced 15 turnovers while the offense only turned the ball over seven times.

Saginaw Valley lost the rebounding battled 30-29, but junior guard Tre Garret led the Cardinals with five while Witz and McIntosh both added four to the SVSU total.

Freshman guard Freddie McIntosh had nine points and four rebounds for the Cardinals off of the bench.

Through five games this season, the Cardinals have a record of 3-2 and faced off against Great Lakes Christian.

SVSU’s next game is on Nov. 30 when the team travels to Indianapolis to face Division I opponent Butler.

Following the matchup against the Bulldogs, SVSU will begin its GLIAC games as it travels to face No. 23 Grand Valley on Thursday and Davenport on Dec. 9.


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