WESTVILLE, Ind. -- Despite a season-high 19 points from senior Chandler Spring, the PNW men's basketball team was defeated 75-67 Thursday night by the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals. Darnell Hoskins Jr. stood out for the Cardinals, as he ended up with 29 points on 11-19 shooting.
The Pride led the way for most of the first half, as the backcourt continued to force turnovers and hurried offense from the Cards. Both Rich Robertson and Brennon Palmer forced three steals each. SVSU closed the gap late and went into the half with a 28-24 lead.
Saginaw came out with a newfound energy in the second half and jumped out to as much as a 17-point lead. Spring helped lead the Black and Gold back with his remarkable shooting, but ultimately the visitors refused to give up the lead and closed out with an eight-point victory.
The most glaring statistic was the Pride being outrebounded 53-28 by the Cardinals. The Pride won the turnover battle, only committing 12 while forcing 19 takeaways. PNW took advantage of this and had 23 points off turnovers.
Head Coach Boomer Roberts
"This is a tough one to swallow because our guys really fought tonight. We held them to 43%, forced 19 turnovers, and did a pretty good job flying around. Unfortunately, we haven’t found a consistent rhythm on offense, and it showed tonight. The beauty of college hoops is you get another crack at it, and we’re going to prepare for Northwood and go compete this weekend."
Coming up next, the Pride will travel to Midland, Mich. to take on the Northwood Timberwolves Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2 pm (CST).