Laker Men’s Basketball Earn Strong 83-72 Victory Over Cardinals

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Lake Superior State University men’s basketball team (10-12, 9-5 GLIAC) came away with an 83-72 victory over the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals (11-12, 6-7 GLIAC) on Thursday after a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double off the bench from Kemon Bassett (Detroit, Mich.).

David Wren opened up the scoring for the Lakers as they pushed ahead for an early 11-5 lead. The Cardinals were able to cut the lead down to two, but a three from Bassett helped push the Lakers back up by seven. Wren would then hit a three of his own to give his team a double-digit lead, but Saginaw Valley fought back as the Lakers held onto a 36-35 lead going into the halftime break.

Both teams battled early in the second half, but the Lakers continued to hold the Cardinals back, maintaining a slim lead. Both teams went blow for blow, answering each other at every opportunity as threes from Xander Okerlund and Tyson Edmondson helped to hold onto the momentum. Then, back-to-back baskets from Bassett helped propel his team to a 9-0 run to go up double-digits, and the Lakers iced the game away at the free throw line to secure the 83-72 victory.

Bassett led the way offensively with 25 points while also securing ten rebounds on the defensive glass off the bench. Ebeling was not far behind with 21 points of his own while also coming away with three steals to lead all players. Meanwhile, Wren and C.J. Robinson also finished with double-digit scoring with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

The Lakers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 11 when they host the Wayne State Warriors with tipoff scheduled for 3 p.m.

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