The Ashland University men's basketball team started the second half on an 8-0 run to take a 36-30 lead, but Grand Valley State finally regained the lead with 2:12 to play and hung on for a 64-57 win on Thursday (Feb. 15) night at Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale, Mich.
The Eagles (16-9, 9-8 GLIAC) forced the Lakers (13-12, 8-9 GLIAC) to come up empty on their first three possessions of the second half and redshirt-junior guard Ben Haraway scored six straight points on a three-point play and a 3-pointer to give the Eagles their six-point lead.
GVSU then scored the next six points to tie the game and the margin for either team did not extend past five points until the final moments.
Senior forward Marsalis Hamilton gave the Eagles a 56-51 lead with a layup with five minutes to play, but Ashland was not able to hit a field goal the rest of the way as the Lakers were able to pull away in the final minute.
Ashland shot 39 percent (19-for-49) from the field and made just four 3-pointers in the game. AU also struggled at the line, going 15-for-23 (65 percent).
Haraway led the Eagles with 16 points to go with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. He is just four points from his 1,000th collegiate point.
Hamilton added 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting with five rebounds while sophomore center Drew Noble chipped in 13 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Jake Van Tubbergen led the Lakers with 18 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks as GVSU held a 35-27 advantage on the glass. Ben Lubitz was the only other Laker to join Van Tubbergen in double figures with 10 points.
The Eagles will now look to get back on track on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when they take on Purdue Northwest in Hammond, Ind.