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Men's Basketball Clinches Home GLIAC Tournament Game With 78-72 Win At Saginaw Valley

Men's Basketball Clinches Home GLIAC Tournament Game With 78-72 Win At Saginaw Valley

OVERVIEW – SAGINAW VALLEY

SCORE: Northwood Timberwolves 78, Saginaw Valley State Cardinals 72

RECORDS: Northwood (16-12, 11-9 GLIAC), Saginaw Valley (16-12, 10-10 GLIAC)

LOCATION: O'Neil Arena – University Center, Mich.

RECAP: Northwood men's basketball clinches the first home GLIAC Tournament game in program history after road win over rival Saginaw Valley Thursday night (February 27).

FIRST HALF

  • The Cardinals started the game scoring the first six points of the game before the Timberwolves bounced back.
  • NU scored 12 of the next 14 points to take a 12-8 lead.
  • The score remained close throughout majority of the half, with the biggest lead the remainder of the way standing at seven (37-30 Northwood).
  • The Timberwolves eventually took a 40-39 lead to halftime.
  • Northwood went on top 9-7 with 12:30 remaining in the first half and would stay on top the remainder of the game.
  • Both teams shot it well in the opening half – Northwood went 15-27 overall (55.6 percent) compared to SVSU at 12-21 (57.1 percent).
  • Saginaw Valley was 6-9 from 3-point range (66.7 percent) and 9-10 from the foul line, while NU was 5-14 from beyond the arc (35.7 percent) and 5-7 from the foul line (71.4 percent).

SECOND HALF

  • The score remained close for the majority of the second half – the lead remained below four points for both teams in the opening 11:30.
  • NU scored seven straight points to take a 67-60 lead with under eight minutes remaining.
  • The Cardinals stayed closed in the final minutes, but got no closer than three down the stretch.
  • The Timberwolves shooting from the floor fell back in the second half, going 9-27 overall (33.3 percent) and 2-9 from 3-point range (22.2 percent).
  • SVSU shot 48.3 percent in the second half (14-29) from the floor but just 1-7 from the 3-point line (14.3 percent).
  • Northwood earned the win thanks to the foul line, where they out-scored Saginaw Valley 18-4 in the second half.

GAME STATS

  • FG PERCENTAGE: Saginaw Valley .500 (29-58), Northwood .459 (28-61)
  • 3-PT PERCENTAGE: Saginaw Valley .353 (6-17), Northwood .250 (4-16)
  • FREE THROW PERCENTAGE: Saginaw Valley .500 (7-14), Northwood .739 (17-23)
  • REBOUNDS: Saginaw Valley 36 (Nine offensive), Northwood 33 (11 offensive)
  • ASSISTS/TURNOVERS: Saginaw Valley 9/18, Northwood 14/10
  • POINTS IN THE PAINT: Saginaw Valley 42, Northwood 34
  • POINTS OFF TURNOVERS: Saginaw Valley 8, Northwood 22
  • SECOND CHANCE POINTS: Saginaw Valley 7, Northwood 11
  • BENCH POINTS: Saginaw Valley 17, Northwood 18

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  • The Timberwolves is the fourth seed for the GLIAC tournament. They will host fifth-seeded Davenport Tuesday night (March 3). Game time is set for 7 p.m.