The SVSU men’s basketball team kicked off the week with a loss to Davenport University but came back to defeat Grand Valley State University on Saturday.
The Cardinals’ final home games for the year place them at 18-10 overall and 12-8 in the GLIAC standings.
On Thursday, the Cardinals fell to the Panthers, 67-62.
Freshman Freddie McIntosh led the Cardinals with 13 points while senior Darnell Hoskins Jr was close behind with 11 points.
Senior Tyler Witz was the leader for the game for rebounds with 14.
SVSU had 22 fastbreaks, 37 rebounds and shot 23-of-58 from the field.
Hoskins opened the game up for the Cardinals with two three-pointers.
The teams went back and forth with baskets throughout the first half.
Davenport caught up with the Cardinals and tied the game at 25-25 with 6:13 left in the half.
Davenport took the lead at the half after an 8-2 run on the Cardinals.
Davenport gained a 12-point lead once the second half picked up.
SVSU began working to close the gap with sophomore Tre Garrett’s free throw and McIntosh’s layup and 3-pointer.
With 4:28 left, SVSU had the lead once again, before the Panthers took it back with 3:11 remaining.
With 45 seconds left SVSU was within one point of Davenport.
Garrett stole the ball, but the Panthers snagged it back and fouled the Cardinals.
With 25 seconds left to play sophomore Delano Smith hit his free throws, giving Davenport a lead of only two.
SVSU had a turnover with 12 seconds left in the game where Davenport was able to hold the victory.
The second game of the week held a different story for the Cardinals, ending in a close win over the Lakers, 66-64.
Smith led the Cardinals with 22 points and added eight rebounds.
Witz led the team for rebounds with nine, adding 10 points.
McIntosh added 11 points and junior James Toohey added seven.
The team had five steals and went 21-of-55 from the field and 15-of-18 on free throws.
The game started with SVSU down but that didn’t stop them from coming back to take the win.
SVSU was down by five until freshman Steven Post hit a three-pointer bringing the score to 12-10.
Grand Valley picked up the pace and with 9:34 left they led 21-14.
The Cardinals attempted to close the gap but remained unable to during the first half.
With three seconds left Smith made a layup putting SVSU close behind Grand Valley at 37-34.
The second half opened with Jake Van Tubbergen from Grand Valley hitting a jump shot.
The Cardinals bounced back with a jump shot from Witz bringing the score to 39-36.
Witz hit another layup putting the Cardinals only down by one point at 56-55.
Smith hit a free throw to tie the game at 56-56 with 7:22 left on the clock.
The teams traded baskets until SVSU reached 63 points. From there Grand Valley could not recover, giving the Cardinals the victory.
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