ALLENDALE - Thursday's men's basketball game started late
due to the officials' late arrival, included a delay due to a
first-half scuffle and ended at 10:45 p.m. It also finished in
Grand Valley State's favor, 75-70, as No. 23-ranked Lake Superior
State started its toughest four-game road stretch of the
season with a loss.
LSSU (16-3 overall, 8-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference) controlled the game early, 15-5, but GVSU (12-3
overall, 8-3 GLIAC) scored six straight points, including four
straight on free throws, when tempers flared at 12:31 of the first
half. Technicals were given to LSSU's Jordan Dasuqi and Devin Daly,
and GVSU's Ernijs Ansons.
The momemtum swing seemed to slow LSSU senior center
Cameron Metz, who had six points, a rebound and a steal during the
game's first five minutes. He drew his third foul late in the
second half and was limited to 10 points for the night. Junior
forward Alex Williams was also hot in the first half, scoring 16
After shooting an impressive 58.3 percent from the field, LSSU
led 39-32 at halftime. The Lakers maintained the lead until Grand
Valley State tied it, 47-47, at 13:00 of the second half.
LSSU's Jake Blake made two free throws at 1:04 to tie it, 66-66,
but GVSU's Ryan Sabin answered with a three-pointer. LSSU's Derek
Billing made a layup with 25 seconds remaining. After two free
throws by GVSU's Darren Kapustka, Billing missed a
layup 13 seconds to go.
Williams was 4-of-5 from behind the arc and led Lake
Superior State with 21 points, while Billing followed with 17. Metz
and Blake scored 10 points each. Metz also led LSSU rebounders with
LSSU shot 51.2 percent from the field for the game, including
5-of-12 from behind the arc, and made 21-of-28 free throws. The
Lakers held a 26-25 rebounding edge, but committed a
season-high 20 turnovers.
GVSU's Sabin led all scorers with a season-high 28 points,
and Darren Washington and Trevin Alexander had 11 each. Grand
Valley shot 41.7 percent from the field, including 3-of-8 from
three-point range, and made 32-of-37 free throws.
LSSU plays at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ferris State. Lake Superior
State, Michigan Tech, Grand Valley State and Northwood head into
Saturday in a four-way tie for first place in the GLIAC North
Division. Northwood and GVSU also meet Saturday.