CANTON, Ohio -- The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team dropped its second game of the weekend in Ohio as Malone University defeated the Wildcats 75-66 victory in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match on Saturday (Dec. 1). The Wildcats now drop to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the GLIAC.
Malone (3-2; 1-1 GLIAC) took the lead out of the gates, and led the entire first half, holding a 44-26 advantage. The ‘Cats scored the first eight points before the Pioneers got onto the board in the second half, but that would be the only scoring streak for NMU for the game.
Junior forward Matthew Craggs led the way for NMU with 22 points on two baskets from three point range, four field goals and went 8-of-9 from the free throw line. TJ Cameron added 12 points with six field goals, including two three-pointers and two free throws. As a team, the ‘Cats shot 19-of-52 and 21-of-31 from the charity stripe. In the rebound column, Craggs and sophomore forward Kendall Jackson had eight boards a piece.
For Malone, Isiah Elliott had 19 points on a pair of three-pointers, three field goals and was 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Cory Veldhuizen was four points behind with 15, while Daniel Wise rounded out double figures with 11. The Pioneers shot 29-of-65, and were 14-of-19 from the free throw line.
The ‘Cats will play its first GLIAC contests at home this weekend. The weekend starts off with a matchup against Hillsdale College on Thursday (Dec. 6) at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday (Dec. 8), the University of Findlay will visit the Berry Events Center at 1 p.m. The women will also be home both days after the men.
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