The Saginaw Valley State University men’s basketball team traveled to Grand Rapids for a conference matchup against Davenport University this past Thursday.
The Cardinals, winning four of its last five games, looked to build off its midseason momentum and improve its record in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC).
The Cardinals dominated the first half and entered halftime with a 12-point lead. While the second half saw each team
trading buckets, the Cardinals won a crucial road matchup by a score of 77-65.
Guard, Tre Garret led the Cardinal offense with 24 points while shooting 8-11 from the field. Garret continued to light up the box score with a game-high seven steals and an additional eight rebounds.
Freddie McIntosh was second on the team in scoring with 16 points, adding three rebounds and three assists. In total, the Cardinals had four players in double figures and shot nearly 46% from the field as a team.
The Cardinals defense swarmed the ball all game long, forcing the Panthers into contested shots and many turnovers. The Panthers coughed up the ball 24 times andcreated 11 more shot opportunities for the Cardinals.
With a promising win behind the team, the Cardinals continued its road trip with another conference matchup against rival Grand Valley State University.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals fell short by a score of 66-62. The Lakers used a secondhalf comeback to secure the win and dropped the Cardinals to 4-3 in the GLIAC.
McIntosh dropped 17 points while Garret and Maurice Barnnett had 11 points, respectively. As a team, the Cardinals struggled from beyond the arc and only converted on 6 of its 23 three-point shot attempts.
SVSU men’s basketball split its road trip and hopes to bounce back next week as the team hosts Ferris State University on Jan. 19 at 8 p.m.
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