ALLENDALE — The Grand Valley State Lakers never trailed in a wire-to-wire, 87-70 win over the Grace Christian Tigers Wednesday night at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena. Five different Lakers scored in double figures as the team improved to 4-1 on the year and enter GLIAC play next week on a high note.
Hunter Hale sank five three-pointers and led the team with 17 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Jake Van Tubbergen (West Ottawa) stuffed the box score with 11 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and four steals. Five different Lakers finished with four assists, including Luke Hyde who played just seven minutes.
Neither team got off to a particularly hot start, with the Lakers and Tigers both shooting 26% from the field midway through the opening half. The Lakers would begin to heat up towards halftime though, and the Lakers would wind up shooting 45% (31-69) from the field for the game. They also hit 12 of 15 free throw attempts and went 13-32 from three, including a 6-13 mark in the second half. GVSU held the Tigers to a .393 (24-61) clip for the night and out-rebounded them 41-36. The Lakers forced 16 turnovers and had 22 assists on 31 made baskets for the game.
Demetrius Lake (Holland) would hit four threes in the contest, burying a pair towards the end of the first half to help the Lakers pull away for a 44-32 lead at half. Van Tubbergen hammered home a tip-slam and Isaiah Brock threw down an emphatic alley-oop early in the second period as the high-flying Lakers continued to pull away. They would get the lead as high as 26, getting a number of young players on the floor for extended minutes as they wore down the Tigers.