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Lake Superior State Battles for Comeback Win Against Grand Valley State

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – After trailing throughout the first twenty minutes, Lake Superior State men's basketball made a second-half comeback against Grand Valley State University to earn a 71-50 win in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference matchup on Saturday inside Bud Cooper Gymnasium.

Lake Superior State (7-5, 3-3 GLIAC) trailed from the beginning of the game and the Lakers' largest deficit of the game was 16 points with the score 28-12 and under six minutes remaining in the first half. However, Lake State clawed its way back with a 20-10 run to cut Grand Valley State's (9-5, 3-3 GLIAC) lead to six points at halftime.

In the second half, Lake State continued its momentum and outscored Grand Valley 53-34 to earn the win. Lake Superior State took the lead for good on a three-pointer by junior guard Malek Adams with about 15 minutes remaining. Grand Valley pulled within one point of Lake State with the score 55-54 and around 11 minutes remaining, but LSSU went on a 30-18 run to seal the 85-72 come-from-behind victory.

Sophomore forward Rog Stein garnered his fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Stein went 8-of-10 from the free throw line and he also dished out four assists.

Senior guard Tim Cairnduff and redshirt sophomore Jackson Schrameyer scored 21 and 18 points, respectively. Schrameyer shot 4-of-6 from the field and was 9-of-10 from the free throw line, while Cairnduff shot 7-of-12 overall, including 2-of-5 from three-point range. Cairnduff also made five of his six free throw attempts.   

Lake Superior State shot 44.8 percent from the field, including a torrid 65.2 percent performance in the second half. Grand Valley shot 45.6 percent in the game, but Lake State held GVSU to 40 percent shooting and one made three-pointer in the second half.

LSSU had the advantage at the free throw line – converting 26-of-31 (83.9 percent) free throw attempts compared to 13-of-23 (56.5 percent) by GVSU.

Lake State continues GLIAC play with a pair of road games next week. The Lakers face Northern Michigan University on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Michigan Tech University on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m.

Their next home game is on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. when the Lakers host Wisconsin-Parkside in a conference matchup in Bud Cooper Gymnasium.

Tickets are available online or in-person at the LSSU ticket office. For additional ticket information, call (906) 635-2602. Children ages 13 and under are admitted to all Laker basketball games free of charge. 

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Watch head coach Steve Hettinga's postgame interview below.