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TU v. GVSU men updates

December 4, 2008 - Zach Baker

Here's a surprise. TU trails No. 7 Grand Valley State, 22-21 with 8:31 left int the first half. TU is shooting about 60 percent from the floor, and that's with Alex Strok spending most of that time on the bench after ppicking up a pair of fouls in the first two minutes.

The Dragons look more relaxed and more disciplined than I have ever seen them. They are slso more deliberate on offense.

- It's 29-all, 4:57 left. Best half I've seen TU play in three years ... so far.

- At halftime, it's GVSU 38, TU 33. Grand Valley State started a run right before the break, but Tiffin has, to this point, been up to the challenge. More impressive is that the Dragons have done it with their most consistent and explosive player, Alex Strok, on the bench for most of the half.

Strok has five points, but was limited to five minutes and has three fouls.

-With 15 minutes-plus left in regulation, TU is trailing, 49-38. The offense isn't coming as easily to the Dragons. They shot 52 percent in the first half, but haven't come close to that so far in the second. The Lakers are so deep, and it's making a difference. At halftime, Justin Ringler led GVSU with eight points. Nine different players had scored.

- With 11 minutes on the clock, the Dragons trail, 53-42. It looked like the Lakers might break it wide open, but some production from Mohammed Fall and Donnell Patterson kept TU within striking distance.

- With 8:55 left, GVSU's K'Len Morris has slammed down a pair of baskets, helping the Lakers to a 57-42 lead. Strok has played the entire second half, but he and Brian Scott have struggled with the long shots. Scott had three 3-pointers in the first half, but a number of his shots in  this one have come up short.

With 4:45 left, GVSU has finally put it away. Ringler has 22 points, and the Lakers lead, 66-45.


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