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Rally for the Rapids 11-27-18.  Dan Pacheco/GVL

A game to remember

When you entered Fieldhouse Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 27, there was a buzz in the air; a certain amount of electricity that most sports fans are familiar with this time of year. With Grand Valley State cheerleaders on one baseline and the GVSU dance team on the other, warm-up music blared over the sound system as Special Olympics basketball players from Area 5 at Ferris State and Area 12 at GVSU went through their warm up routines.

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GVSU basketball uses solid defense to open GLIAC play undefeated

The Grand Valley State men’s basketball played lockdown defense to win their first two GLIAC matchups this season. They traveled to the other side of Lake Michigan on Thursday, Nov. 29 to beat Wisconsin-Parkside 88-77 before traveling again on Saturday, Dec. 1 to defeat Purdue Northwest 79-62. The old cliché in football also reigns true for basketball: defense wins championships, or perhaps conference championships. Head coach Ric Wesley has loved the defensive improvement as he attributes it to the team's hot start in conference play.

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GVSU men’s basketball uses hot shooting to beat Grace Christian

While of the student body was at home visiting family for Thanksgiving break, the Grand Valley State men's basketball team was busy adding another win to their record, beating Grace Christian 87-70 in a home match-up. With Grace Christian running a two-three zone for the majority of the game, the Lakers started out with a lack of energy, but got ah old of how to handle the defense as the game went along.

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Lakers' women's basketball routs Concordia-Ann Arbor

While students were wrapping up their short Thanksgiving break and preparing for the two-week spring leading to finals, the No. 18 ranked Grand Valley State women’s basketball team blew out the Concordia Cardinals 86-42 on Saturday, Nov. 24 at GVSU’s Fieldhouse Arena. Center Cassidy Boensch was the star of the Lakers’ show, scoring 24 points on 12-15 shooting while pulling down 16 rebounds and swatting three blocks while obtaining her double-double before halftime. 

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GVSU women’s basketball drops first road game against Lewis

Despite a trio of Lakers scoring in double digits, the Grand Valley State women’s basketball lost for the first time this season, falling to the Lewis Flyers 74-66. With the loss, the Lakers post a 2-1 record heading into Thanksgiving break.  While GVSU was winning 19-17 at the end of the first quarter and was able to match Lewis’ 18 fourth quarter points, the lead built up by LU in the second and third quarters ended up being too much for the Lakers.

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Tenacious 'D': GVSU men's basketball uses defensive effort to win home opener

The Grand Valley State men’s basketball team was able to keep the ball rolling on Friday, Nov. 16 as they came away with a 97-81 victory over the Tiffin Dragons in a back-and-forth game at GVSU's Fieldhouse Arena. Sophomore standout Jake Van Tubbergen led all Lakers with 21 points and nine rebounds, with five of those coming on the offensive end. He wasn’t the only Laker to light up the scoreboard, as Zach West poured in 20 points, Jeremiah Ferguson finished with 17 and Hunter Hale contributed 16 to help GVSU to victory.

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GVSU women’s basketball starts out strong with two wins

The Grand Valley State women’s basketball season opened their season on Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 and picked up two wins at home, beating Maryville on Friday 74-50 before throttling Missouri-St. Louis 87-44. GVSU was able to shake off the first game jitters with a solid win over the Maryville Saints to open their season 1-0. Senior guard Jenn DeBoer led the Lakers with 21 points on 9-12 shooting, with center Cassidy Boensch and guard Natalie Koenig chipping in 18 and 13 points, respectively. 

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Justin Greason goes in for a layup during the scrimmage against Macomb on Sunday October 22, 2017.  GVL/ Sheila Babbitt 

Five Lakers score in double digits as GVSU men’s basketball starts 1-0

Most good seasons are jump-started by a strong start, and that may be exactly the case for the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team as they traveled to West Virginia on Saturday,  Nov. 10 to pound the Alderson Broaddus Battlers 96-74. The season opener for the Lakers was highlighted by a hot start and a balanced scoring attack, as winning the first half by a margin of 54-32 helped carry GVSU to victory. 

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