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TU vs. SVSU men

December 18, 2008 - Zach Baker

Before we start, it's obvious Tiffin's men are missing some guys. Alan Bradford, the team's usual point guard, does not appear to be in the building, and Rafael Cuellar, one of the team's posts, is not in uniform.  There are other changes. Freshman Mohammed Fall is starting, as is Josh Diaz. I think there are two other usual players who are not expected to go. More as it develops.

Donnell Patterson, Cuellar and Darryl Miller are all sitting together in the stands. As for the game, with 14:32 left, the Cardinals lead the Dragons, 6-5. If the regular roster was here, I think TU would win handily. Without the usual guys, the offense is lacking the continuity that has developed over the past few games.

- The shorthanded Dragons are leading, 16-13 with 9:30 left in the half. Saginaw Valley State comes into this contest with a record of 0-5, 0-3 in the GLIAC.

- The Dragons and Cardinals are tied at 25 with 4:36 left in the half. Standing out so far for the Dragons is Darryl Stinson, who has found his way into the paint and scored on the point-blank buckets. TU is going to need a big night from him.

- TU trails at the half, 37-31. Primarily, it's because Saginaw Valley State's Dante Williams is red hot. He made five 3-pointers and has 18 points at the break.

-TU is leaning on its starting guards, Alex Strok and Brian Scott, to carry them. Both played the entire first half, with Scott looking particularly winded towards the end. Scott leads the Dragons with 10 points. Fall, who has been very impressive in limited duty this year, has eight points and four rebounds.

 Second half

TU is getting smoked right now. The Cardinals are going hard and are doing it with about the same number of players the Dragons are. It's 52-35 with 14:39 left. TU's offense is missing one shot after another, and is only getting one look at the basket.

- With 9:41 left, it's 62-45 SVSU. The offense just isn't clicking right now, and TU isn't helping itself with its turnovers.  Not looking good for the home team.


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