FINDLAY, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team hung tough against one of the nation’s best NCAA II men’s basketball team’s on Saturday. NMU was down two points at the half to The University of Findlay (32-30) before the Oilers pulled away in the second half for the 70-56 win. UF is ranked sixth in this week’s NABC/Division II Bulletin Top 25 Ranking.
NMU is now 1-5 overall on the season and 0-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). UF picked up its first conference win of the season and are now 5-1 overall.
The ‘Cats scored the first six points of the game as Jake Suardini accounted for four of the points. UF went on a 14-0 run over a six-minute span in the first half to take a 24-15 lead with 3:50 left in the half. Suardini banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the half.
Ricky Volcy made a lay-up 35 seconds into the second half to tie the game at 32-all. The rest of the game was all Oilers. Steve Kaiser did cut the lead to 43-41 with a lay-up at 15:11 of the half. UF would answer with a 7-2 run. The closest the ‘Cats could get would be five points after Volcy converted a three-point play with a little over nine minutes left in the game.
Suardini led all scorers with 14 points. He also had eight rebounds, four assists and a steal. Volcy ended the game with 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Chris Warner had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Marcus Parker led the Oilers with 13 points. Josh Bostic had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for UF.
NMU did shoot a little better than the Oilers from the floor. The ‘Cats were 12-28 for 43.6 percent while UF was 22-58 for 37.9 percent. From the three-point line the ‘Cats were 4-21 for 19 percent. NMU only made five trips to the free throw line for the game and made four of the throws (80 percent). The Oilers made 29 trips to the charity stripe and converted 22 throws. The Oilers had a slight edge in the rebounding department at 37-34.
NMU will be home for its next six games. Up first is a GLIAC encounter with the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals on Thursday, Dec. 7.
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