SVSU won two GLIAC matches last week with victories over Northern Michigan on Jan. 13 and Michigan Tech on Jan. 15. Saginaw Valley used a 50 point second half to fuel a comeback against Northern Michigan.
Senior guard Delano Smith made both of his free-throws with 12 seconds remaining to give SVSU the 87-85 win.
The offense for the Cardinals poured over into their next game as it was able to score 40 points in the first half against Michigan Tech.
A strong defense in the second helped the Cardinals to a 66-49 win.
On Jan. 2, Saginaw saw 13 of its players score, leading to a 24-point win over Indiana Northwest. Saginaw started quickly, scoring 49 points in the first half leading to a 17-point lead at halftime.
In the second half, SVSU was just as dominant as it scored 43 more points to finish off the win by a score of 92-68.
Sophomore guard Maurice Barnett and Smith led the team with 14 points each.
Smith led the Cardinals with eight rebounds and four assists.
Senior forward Tyler Witz ended with 12 points while adding four rebounds.
On Jan. 6, the Cardinals continued its season with a game against the Lake Superior State Lakers.
Saginaw was able to keep the game close in the first half as it only trailed 39-41 at the break.
A defensive breakdown in the second half saw SVSU allow 58 points and six three pointers as it was defeated 87-99.
Senior guards James Toohey (11) and Darnell Hoskins Jr. (17) scored double figures along with Smith (16) and Witz (28).
Smith also led the Cardinals with 10 rebounds to cap off a double-double, while Witz ended one rebound shy of his own double-double with nine.
SVSU dropped its second game in a row after it fell to Ferris State on Jan. 8.
After heading into the half down by five, the Cardinals looked to have an improved second half.
Despite tying the score at 84, Saginaw was unable to take the lead as it eventually lost by a score of 84-88.
Hoskins made seven three-pointers in the game and led the team in scoring with 24 points.
Toohey (14) and Smith (10) also reached double figures for the second game in a row.
Witz had eight rebounds to lead the team while Smith added seven of his own.
During the Jan. 13 matchup with Northern Michigan, SVSU used a strong second half to erase the 8-point halftime deficit.
After scoring 37 points in the first half, Saginaw shot 53 percent in the second half to score 50 points and complete the comeback with an 87-85 after two free throws by Smith with 12 seconds left.
Smith and Hoskins each scored 23 points while Toohey had 17 for the Cardinals.
During its Jan. 15 home game against Michigan Tech, Saginaw Valley was able to secure its 11th victory of the season.
Forty points in the first half helped build a 10-point lead heading into the locker room.
SVSU’s offense struggled in the second half only scoring 26, but the defense was able to hold the Huskies to 19 points to secure the 66-49 win.
Hoskins scored 21 points for the Cardinals while having three assists, rebounds, and steals.
Witz had a double-double in the game with his 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Smith had 14 points and eight rebounds to help the Cardinals secure the win.
SVSU will continue its season on Thursday Jan. 20 with a game against GLIAC foe Purdue Northwest, followed by a game Saturday Jan. 22 against Parkside.
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