SVSU men’s basketball fell to Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan University (NMU), breaking its five-game winning streak despite the massive comeback in the Michigan Tech game.
Before the games, head coach Randy S. Baruth was optimistic for the team’s success.
“We are excited to take the trip to the UP. We hope to play good basketball and put ourselves in the best position possible to win the games,” Baruth said.
The Cardinals, however, were not able to win either of their games.
At Michigan Tech on Thursday, the Cardinals shot 28-of-60 from the field and had three fast breaks.
Senior Delano Smith scored 27 points, including four 3-pointers, followed by senior Darnell Hoskins Jr. with 17 points.
The Cardinals were out-rebounded by the Huskies 34-31.
The Huskies began with a massive lead at 37-12 with 6:36 left to play in the first half.
SVSU came back into the game ready and started making progress against the 25-point deficit.
By the halftime break, SVSU brought the score to 41-28.
Smith began SVSU’s comeback in the second half, bringing the deficit to 43-36.
With 2:15 left, Hoskins hit a jumper putting SVSU a single point away.
With 40 seconds left to go, the Huskies scored a 3-pointer and hit their closing free throws, securing their win.
The second game of the week brought yet another loss for the Cardinals and concluded their last regular season road game.
Smith, the reigning GLIAC Player of the week, scored 15 points for the team. Sophomore Tre Garret brought in 15 points and seven rebounds, while senior Tyler Witz had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Leading the Wildcats was Nick Wagner with 22 points and John Kerr with 18 points. During the game, Kerr also scored his 2,000th career point.
SVSU lost the rebounding battle 43-38. NMU opened the game with a 14-5 lead against the Cardinals.
Later, freshman Freddie McIntosh hit a layup bringing the Cardinals within six points of NMU.
NMU pushed back and went on a 17-2 run, including multiple three pointers giving them 31-10.
Smith attempted to heat things up on the court and scored five points, but NMU continued in their lead.
At the half, things did not look good for the Cardinals with NMU leading 46-22. The Cardinals could not push back from the Wildcats’ lead, giving NMU the win at 88–62.
The two games this week put the team at 17-9 overall and 11-7 in the GLIAC.
This week the team takes on its last two home games of the season, starting on Thursday with Davenport University at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, the team will hold its senior day to honor graduating team members when playing Grand Valley State University at 3 p.m.
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