The Saginaw Valley State University men’s basketball team hosted Wayne State University this past weekend for its conference opener.
The Cardinals, sitting at 3-4, overcame an 18-point deficit, improving their overall record to an even 4-4 and 1-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference.
Jiovanni Miles led the Cardinals with 22 points while shooting 8 of 11 from the field and 50% from beyond the arc. The Macomb Community College transfer also added three assists, one rebound, and one steal to pair with his dominant offensive showing.
Fellow guard Maurice Barnett had 18 points off the bench and shot over 50% from the field.
Barnett continued to pad the stat sheet with an additional four rebounds, two steals, and a single assist.
Point guard Tre Garrett flirted with a double-double and posted an impressive 12 points along with nine boards. Garrett was the Cardinals leading floor general, dishing out five assists.
Sophomore guard Freddie McIntosh was one of four Cardinals in double digits and contributed 14 points of his own. McIntosh has now scored double digits in seven of the Cardinals eight games.
The Cardinals trailed the Warriors by a score of 46-28 going into the half. However, a 15-0 scoring run pushed the Cardinals ahead 58-56 for its first lead since the opening minutes of the first half.
The teams exchanged buckets during the final minutes, making it a one possession lead for the Cardinals. SVSU converted at the free throw line down the stretch and came out victories with a score of 75 – 66.
The Cardinals shot exactly 50% from the field, with four players reaching double figures. Due to its strong second half, SVSU starts the season undefeated in conference play and looks to add to the win column as the team travels to Findlay next Tuesday (Dec. 6) for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
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