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Men’s basketball take second home loss, counter with a win
A thrilling 74-72 loss to the leaders of the GLIAC Conference gave the Dawgs only their second home loss of the season last weekend.

Saginaw Valley State University came to Jim Wink Arena on Saturday, Jan. 30 to beat a resilient Bulldog team who led Saginaw Valley going into halftime. The Dawgs were outscored in the second half but surged back in the end to bring it within two before the final buzzer sounded.

Senior center Jared Stolicker led his team in scoring while also producing a double-double on the night, bringing down 11 rebounds with 17 points. Senior forward Josh Fleming also had a double-double for the Dawgs, scoring 13 points with 11 rebounds.

The Bulldogs followed the close loss with a close win against Grand Valley on Monday, Feb. 1. The Dawgs squeaked out a 74-71 win to improve to 17-4 on the season. Stolicker posted another double-double in the contest, and junior guard Quentin Ruff added 11 points off the bench for FSU.

The team is back at it in a road game against Michigan Tech on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball besats the buzzer for the win
Women’s basketball has had a rough January, but things could be taking a turn for the best after an exciting buzzer-beater win over Saginaw Valley State University.

In front of the home Big Rapids crowd, sophomore guard Emily Evans sunk the jump shot at the last second to give the Dawgs a 57- 55 victory after a back and forth last few minutes of the game. Evans finished with four points, two assists and three steals on the night.

Senior forward Alexis Huntey had a monster game, turning in 20 points, 19 rebounds and five assists to give her a double-double. The Bulldogs also had big time help on scoring from sophomore forward Rachel McInerney who recorded 18 points while also pulling down eight rebounds.

The Lady Dawgs followed the win with a 97-60 loss against GVSU on Monday, Feb. 1. The team is back in action on the road at Michigan Tech on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m.

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