UNIVERSITY CENTER - The Lake Superior State men's basketball team avenged a three-point home loss to Saginaw Valley State by beating the Cardinals 64-60 Saturday at University Center.
The Lakers, whose only home loss during a six-game December home stand was to SVSU, improved to 7-4 overall and 5-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
LSSU held Saginaw Valley State (6-4 overall, 3-2 GLIAC) to 34.6 percent shooting from the field in the second half to come back from a 34-27 halftime deficit. The Lakers trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half and nine points in the second.
Senior point guard Garrett Konuszewski made two free throws and a field goal to lead a 7-0 LSSU run that cut SVSU's lead to 49-47 with 6:35 to go. Sophomore guard Kyle Hunt canned a three-pointer at 3:31 to cut the lead to 56-55. Scott Perkins made two free throws at 2:45 to give the Lakers their first lead, 57-56.
A Hunt three-pointer at 1:06 put the Lakers on top, 61-58. The Cardinals answered with two free throws by Keithan Jackson, then were forced to foul. Konuszewski was 3-for-6 at the line during the final 32 seconds, but he and Perkins rebounded all three misses to keep the Lakers in control of their own destiny.
Hunt was 5-of-8 from three-point range and finished with 20 points, followed by Perkins with 16 points and seven rebounds. Konuszewski totaled 14 points. LSSU shot 39.7 percent from the field, including 6-of-23 from three-point range. The Lakers made 12-of-22 free throws. They out-rebounded SVSU, 39-36.
Jackson led the Cardinals with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Avery Stephenson scored 20 points. SVSU shot 38 percent from the field, including 10-of-24 from behind the arc. The Cards made 12-of-17 free throws.
The Lakers travel to Ferris State on Jan. 7.