UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. -- The Mustangs (0-2) played their first of two exhibition contests slated for this season Sunday (Nov. 11) when they hit the road to take on NCAA DII Saginaw Valley State University (1-1). The exhibition tipped off with the Mustangs holding a lead halfway through the first half before the Cardinals pulled away to win, 82-43.
Leading 14-13 with nearly nine minutes to play in the first half, the Mustangs offense went cold to give the host Cardinals a 36-24 edge at the break.
In the second half, the Cardinals were able to put a bit of space in between them and the Mustangs after shooting 49% for the game.
Sophomore forward Kevin Dunaj (Warren, Mich./Cousino) scored a team-high 11 points for the Mustangs. The sophomore also pulled down six rebounds and added two blocks in 28 minutes of action.
Freshman forward Manny Washington (Dearborn, Mich./Edsel Ford) was the only other Mustang in double figures with 10 points. Washington also added six rebounds and two blocks in the exhibition setback.
Next Contest: The Mustangs hit the road Tuesday (Nov. 13) for their third regular season contest of the 2012-13 season when they visit Western Michigan University at 7 p.m. The junior varsity travels to Macomb Community College Monday (Nov. 12) for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Game Notes: Saginaw Valley counted the game as a regular season contest while Marygrove coined it an exhibition … The Mustangs shot 28% on the game compared to the Cardinals' 49% … The teams were nearly even in rebounds with the Cardinals owning a slight edge, 37-35 ... The Mustangs showcased an aggressive style of play by earning 30 attempts from the charity stripe.