Noble Scores 1,000th Point In Defeat at Saginaw

Noble Scores 1,000th Point In Defeat at Saginaw

The Ashland University men's basketball team lost in the final moments to Saginaw Valley, 59-56, on Saturday (Feb. 23) afternoon in University Center, Mich.

Sophomore Darnell Hoskins hit a 3-pointer with one second remaining and the Eagles were not able to get a desperation shot off before the buzzer sounded.

For the Eagles, junior Drew Noble became the 28th player on the program's 1,000-point list with a 3-pointer that put the Eagles up 50-46 with five minutes left.

The 18th-ranked Eagles (22-5, 14-5 GLIAC) led for much of the game, including by 14 with 17:30 to play in the game, but they went cold on the offensive end in the second half as the Cardinals (9-17, 5-13 GLIAC) climbed back into the game.

SVSU took its first lead of the second half with 6:08 to play on a layup by Myles Belyeu. Redshirt-sophomore wing Aaron Thompson answered with a layup, and after a stop, Noble hit his 1,000-point triple to give the Eagles a 50-46 lead.

The Cardinals went on a 6-0 run after that to go up, 52-50, before Thompson's layup with three minutes left tied the game. 

The teams traded a free throw each over the next 90 seconds, but Hoskins gave Saginaw Valley at 56-53 lead with a 3-pointer off a feed from Belyeu with 1:18 to play.

The Cardinals then got a stop before redshirt-senior guard Ben Haraway came up with a clutch steal to give AU the ball with 11 seconds left. SVSU committed a foul, but Thompson made both free throws to make it 56-55.

On the ensuing inbound, the Cardinals could not get the ball inbounded and called timeout, but having utilized all their timeouts prior, were assessed a technical foul.

Noble made the penalty free throw, but Saginaw Valley retained possession of the ball. After the inbound, Hoskins hit his 3-pointer from the wing just before the buzzer. Hoskins finished with a game-high 28 points on 10-for-18 shooting. He hit six 3-pointers.

The defeat, coupled with Davenport's win over Northern Michigan, clinched the GLIAC regular season title for the Panthers, who will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, which starts March 5.

Noble led the Eagles with 14 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Thompson registered a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds while sophomore forward Derek Koch was the third AU player in double figures with 11 points, going 3-for-8 from 3-point range.

The Eagles shot just 31 percent (16-for-51) for the game, including a 26 percent (7-for-27) from 3-point range. AU held a 33-32 edge in rebounding.

The Eagles will look to bounce back next Thursday (Feb. 28) on their Senior Night and regular season finale at Kates Gymnasium against Wayne State. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.