The SVSU men’s basketball team started off its season 0-2 following some tough losses this past weekend against Bellarmine and Indianapolis in the GLIAC/GLVC challenge in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Cardinals kicked off the season against No. 3 ranked Bellarmine on Friday, Nov. 10.
After the Knights came out swinging with a quick 5-0 lead, Cardinals’ senior guard Mike Wells Jr. gave his team their first lead of the game at 6-5. SVSU held the lead for a large chunk of the first half, but as the game went on, Bellarmine began to run away with the lead, leading by as many as 17 points early in the second half. The Cards found a way to carve into the deficit, but it wasn’t quite enough, as Bellarmine ended up winning the contest, 83-75.
Wells led the Cardinals in scoring with 18 points on six-of-nine shooting with two-three pointers.
SVSU faced another formidable opponent in the form of the Indianapolis Greyhounds on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Indianapolis shot off with a dominant start, gaining a 20-point lead by halftime. The lead was built on a strong shooting performance from the Greyhounds, as they ended the half shooting 60 percent from the floor. The second half was more of the same from Indianapolis, as the Cards had no answer for their hot shooting. The Greyhounds ended the game shooting a crisp 57 percent from the field, while the Cardinals struggled to keep up at 39 percent.
Senior guard Richie Roberts and sophomore forward Fred John Jr. topped the stat sheet with 13 points apiece, with junior guard Ja’Christian Biles following closely behind with 11.
The Cardinals will look to swing back this week with their next games at home against Olivet on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m and against Lewis on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.