(File Photo Courtesy of Spring Arbor University)
By, Gabriel Schray | JTV Sports | November 8th, 2018
Spring Arbor, Michigan– The Spring Arbor University men’s basketball team is off to a hot start. They stand at 5-1 on the season, and are looking to pick up another win tonight against Alma and the Scotts. A win would mean a five game win streak for the Cougars. And a win against and MIAA school would also be an increase in momentum for SAU. The Cougars and Scotts haven’t played since 2014, when the Cougars won their first in what is now a 1-2 all-time series.
The 2014 contest was a tight game, a final of 63-61, and it will likely be close again tonight. They lost by margins of five and two in their first two appearances, so tight endings have become a theme for the two. A win tonight would move the series to .500 as well.
On Saturday, Paul Marandet became the 45th player in Spring Arbor University history to reach 1,000 career points in a 78-67 win over Ohio Christian University to close out the Trent Allen Memorial Classic. Marandet entered the contest needing just 11 points to reach the milestone, and would score 16 in the first half alone to help give Spring Arbor a 41-39 advantage at halftime, according to SAU’s athletics website.
Ohio Christian only trailed 53-52 with 13:51 to play, however, SAU would go on a 13-3 run, powered by three’s from Marandet, Tom Hamilton and Nick Welch. That run over the next five minutes gave the Cougars a comfortable 66-55 lead. The Trailblazers made one last push, closing the gap to seven with 7:45 remaining. SAU pitched another scoring spurt, pushing the margin back to double digits.
Tonight’s contest against the Scotts will be played in Spring Arbor. You can purchase tickets at the Field House prior to tip off. The contest will begin at 7pm.
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