Men's Basketball Earns Dramatic 64-63 Win Over Saginaw Valley

Zach Allread scored all 15 points of his points of the second half in NU's win over SVSU
Zach Allread scored all 15 points of his points of the second half in NU's win over SVSU

OVERVIEW – SAGINAW VALLEY STATE

SCORE:  Northwood Timberwolves 64, Saginaw Valley State Cardinals 63

RECORDS: Northwood (5-17, 3-10 GLIAC), Saginaw Valley (12-8, 5-8 GLIAC)

LOCATION: Riepma Arena – Midland, Mich.

RECAP: Northwood makes big plays down the stretch to earn dramatic 64-63 win over rival Saginaw Valley Saturday night (January 28).

FIRST HALF

  • Northwood started strong, scoring eight of the first 10 points of the game in the opening 3:15.
  • The Timberwolves eventually led by as many as 10 on two separate occasions. However, an 18-3 run by the Cardinals erased the lead and gave the Cardinals a 34-29 lead at the break.
  • Northwood shot 38.7 percent from the field (12-31 and 38.5 percent from three-point range (5-13).
  • The Cardinals finished at 46.7 percent of their shots from the field (14-30) overall and 42.9 percent from behind the arc (3-7).

SECOND HALF

  • Northwood scored the first three points of the second half to cut the lead down to 34-32, which set up a tight second half.
  • SVSU led by eight with just over 12 minutes to go (47-39), which proved to be the biggest lead of the second half.
  • Northwood went on a 14-6 run to knot the game at 53 with 6:40 to go.
  • SVSU connected on a 3-pointer with 1:19 remaining when junior Matt Crowl took over. He connected on a tip in and four free throws in the final 1:05.
  • Crowl's two free throws with 2.6 seconds remaining put Northwood on top 64-63. The Cardinals' got off a shot from half court and narrowly missed it, hitting off the back iron to give NU the win.
  • Northwood shot 39.3 percent in the second stanza (11-28) compared to the Cardinals at 44.4 percent (12-27). The Timberwolves earned the win thanks to going 10-13 from the foul line in the second half (76.9 percent) compared to SVSU at 3-7 (42.9 percent).

GAME STATS

  • FG PERCENTAGE: Northwood .390 (23-59), Saginaw Valley .456 (26-57),
  • 3-PT PERCENTAGE: Northwood .364 (8-22), Saginaw Valley .385 (5-13)
  • FREE THROW PERCENTAGE: Northwood .769 (10-13), Saginaw Valley .545 (6-11)
  • REBOUNDS: Northwood 39 (8 offensive), Saginaw Valley 33 (4 offensive)
  • ASSISTS/TURNOVERS: Northwood 5/11, Saginaw Valley 8/10

GAME NOTES

  • Second chance points were a big part of the win, as Northwood out-scored the Cardinals 10-2 for the game.

TOP NU PERFORMERS

  • Zach Allread: 15 points, eight rebounds, 3-5 from 3-point range, 4-4 on free throws
  • Matt Crowl: 11 points, nine rebounds, 5-6 from the foul line
  • PJ Weaver: nine points, five rebounds, two blocks
  • Brad Schaub: 8 points, five rebounds

UP NEXT

  • The Timberwolves will travel to Lake Superior State Monday (January 30). Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.