GVSU Men’s Basketball Downed by Missouri-St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — The Grand Valley State men’s basketball team dropped its opening game of the UMSL Thanksgiving Classic at Missouri-St. Louis, 78-66, Tuesday afternoon inside the Mark Twain Building.

Britain’s Harris led the Lakers (2-3) with 12 points. Harris went 5 for 9 from the field and assisted on two buckets. Ethan Alderink led GVSU in rebounding with seven boards. Marius Grazulis, who was making his first start of the season, scored 10 points and also blocked two shots.

The Lakers had a strong first half and led 32-31 at halftime. The Tritons (4-0) won the game with a strong second-half shooting performance.

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Harris led the way with seven points in the first half, making three of his four first-half shot attempts. Alderink grabbed five rebounds in the first half, and Daniel Kiely and Ben Karbe each had four rebounds in the first half.

GVSU edged UMSL 27-25 on the night. Ten of the Lakers’ rebounds came on offensive glass and they converted them into 11 second-chance points.

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The Lakers return to action Wednesday at 2 p.m. to face Maryville in their final game of the UMSL Thanksgiving Classic.

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