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Men's Basketball Defeats Saginaw Valley 68-64

Men's Basketball Defeats Saginaw Valley 68-64

OVERVIEW – SAGINAW VALLEY

SCORE:  Northwood Timberwolves 68, Saginaw Valley State Cardinals 64

RECORDS: Northwood (9-11, 5-7 GLIAC), Saginaw Valley (8-12, 5-7 GLIAC)

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

RECAP:  Northwood finishes strong in posting their sixth-straight win, defeating Saginaw Valley 68-64 Saturday night (January 27).

FIRST HALF

  • Saginaw Valley scored 15 of the first 22 points of the game to take the early advantage.
  • Northwood fought back to eventually take the lead 27-26 with under six minutes remaining in the half.
  • The score was eventually tied 38-38 at the break.
  • Northwood shot a blistering 66.7 percent from the floor in the half (16-24) overall and 62.5 percent from 3-point range (5-8). But the Timberwolves committed 11 turnovers in the half to keep the Cardinals close.
  • SVSU finished at 45.2 percent in the opening 20 minutes (14-31) but had just three turnovers.

SECOND HALF

  • Saginaw Valley built the lead up to nine (53-44) just under 10 minutes into the second half.
  • NU used an 8-0 in less than two minutes to cut the advantage to one with 6:50 remaining in the game.
  • With 3:30 remaining, the Cardinals led 62-56 when the Timberwolves finished the game strong.
  • Northwood scored 12 of the final 16 points to close out the victory.
  • While the Timberwolves cooled off from the floor in the second half (11-26 – 42.3 percent), NU committed just five turnovers after the break.
  • Saginaw Valley shot 35.7 percent in the half (10-28) while committing nine turnovers.

GAME STATS

  • FG PERCENTAGE: Saginaw Valley .407 (24-59), Northwood .540 (27-50)
  • 3-PT PERCENTAGE: Saginaw Valley .280 (7-25), Northwood .385 (5-13)
  • FREE THROW PERCENTAGE: Saginaw Valley .750 (9-12), Northwood .563 (9-16)
  • REBOUNDS: Saginaw Valley 27 (11 offensive), Northwood 37 (11 offensive)
  • ASSISTS/TURNOVERS: Saginaw Valley 10/12, Northwood 13/16
  • POINTS IN THE PAINT: Saginaw Valley 30, Northwood 38
  • POINTS OFF TURNOVERS: Saginaw Valley 16, Northwood 13
  • SECOND CHANCE POINTS: Saginaw Valley 18, Northwood 14
  • BENCH POINTS: Saginaw Valley 21, Northwood 33

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GAME NOTES

  • The Timberwolves and the Cardinals have now split their two regular season games in each of the last three seasons.
  • The Timberwolves six-game winning streak is their longest since November 23-December 12, 2013.

UP NEXT

  • The Timberwolves will travel to No. 4 Ferris State Thursday evening (February 1). Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.