Huskies come back to bite Cards after faltering in second half
January 15, 2008 —
No lead is safe in the GLIAC. The Cardinals found that out on Saturday.
After leading from the outset of Saturday's game against the Michigan Tech Huskies, the Cardinals let their lead slip away with a little more than nine minutes left in the second half, allowing the Huskies to top the Cardinals 60-55.
Things started off well for the Cards when senior guard Mario Mackey hit a pull up three pointer to begin the game. Mackey's 16 first half points ignited the Cardinals to a 19-8 in the opening moments of the first half, and helped them cruise into halftime with a 30-22 lead.
Midway through the second half, the Huskies went on a 7-2 run, allowing them to gain their first lead of the game with just over nine minutes to go.
The lead would change hands two more times, seeing the Huskies go up by 10 at one point. The Cards would manage to bring themselves back within five before the Huskies were able to walk away with the victory.
The Cardinals, who shot 42 percent from the field in the first half, only managed to shoot 30 percent from the floor in the second. While the Huskies didn't shoot much better, they managed to convert 13-18 free-throws, including one in the final moments by Huskie guard Robby Springborn, paving the way for the Huskie's come back.
The two teams came into Saturday with 2-4 records in the GLIAC. The loss drops the Cardinals to 6-8, 2-5 (GLIAC).
Center Mike Zuiderveen continued the strong start to his strong senior campaign, pulling down 14 rebounds and scoring 12 points. He tallied his sixth double-double of the season.
Zuiderveen also leads the GLIAC in rebounding with 12.1 per game. That number also currently ranks the center third in the nation. This coming after a junior year in which he averaged 3.7 rebounds in 2006-07, and 3.4 in 2005-2006. He was recently named SVSU Male Athlete of the Week.
Mackey also continued his strong play, finishing with a game high 23 points, and again playing the game's full 40 minutes. The Idaho University transfer currently leads the Cardinals with 16.5 points per game.
The Cardinals will host GLIAC foe Northwood on Thursday, with tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m. in O'Neill Areana.
Saturday, they'll travel to Tiffin to take on the Dragons, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.