THE TURNING POINT: The score was tied at 72 with 5:13 to play before Grand Valley State finished the game on a 15-3 run.
STAT OF THE GAME: The Eagles hit a season-high 11 3-point field goals for the second consecutive game.
A game-ending 15-3 run by Grand Valley State handed Ashland University's men's basketball team an 87-75 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road loss on Monday (Dec. 19) night.
The Eagles are 6-5 overall and 2-4 in the GLIAC, while the Lakers are 8-5, 4-2.
Grand Valley's offense hit for 53.6 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from the 3-point line, and turned the ball over just seven times. Ashland countered with a season-high-tying 11 triples and a 76.2-percent showing from the free-throw line, and just nine turnovers.
Senior guard Adrian Cook led the Eagle offense with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor, and added three rebounds and four assists. Sophomore forward Phil Frentsos came off the bench for a season-high 12 points (all on 3-pointers), five rebounds and two steals.
For the second time in three days, Ashland fell behind early, this deficit being 13-4 in the game's first five minutes. The Eagles worked the GVSU lead down to 18-14, then 21-20 with 8:51 until halftime.
Wetzel's 3-pointer, Ashland's sixth of the first half, knotted the game at 23 with 7:34 to go until the break. The Eagles' seventh triple, by Osborne, lifted them to a 28-26 lead at the 6:23 mark.
At the half, Grand Valley State sported a 45-43 lead, as both teams hit eight treys. Ashland's bench combined for 25 of the team's points in the first 20 minutes.
The Eagles started the second half on a 12-3 run to lead 55-48, but the Lakers' ensuing 16-5 run gave them a 64-60 advantage.
Ashland re-tied the game at 72 on two Wetzel free throws at the 5:13 mark, but Grand Valley closed the game on its late run for the victory.
Monday's contest featured 11 ties and six lead changes.
UP NEXT: Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Kates Gymnasium against Thiel.