MARQUETTE, Mich. – Jake Suardini might have scored 11 points in the game against Saginaw Valley State on Thursday night at the Berry Events Center. But, his biggest three points came with about two seconds left in the game and the Wildcats down by two (71-69). His three-pointer was the difference as the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team picked up its first conference win of the season with the 72-71 win. Suardini then stole the ball on the in-bounds pass to preserve the win.
NMU improves to 2-5 overall on the season and 1-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Cardinals fall to 4-2 and 2-1 respectively.
NMU had a five-point cushion at the half (41-36). SVSU went on a 10-3 run to begin the second half to take a 46-44 lead with about five minutes gone. The lead went back and forth for the next four plus minutes.
SVSU took an eight-point lead at 7:45 (60-52) thanks to an 8-0 run. Now it’s was the ‘Cats turn to use a run of its own to take the lead back. Down 62-53 with a little over six minutes left in the game NMU used a 16-3 run over four minutes which was capped off by Chris Warner’s two made free throws (69-65).
SVSU tied the game at 69-all when Sydney McDaniel sank a three-pointer with a little over a minute left in the game. The Cardinals made the score 71-69 when Dorian Pierce sank both of his free throws with about eight seconds left in the game.
Ricky Volcy recorded a double-double with game-highs 27 points and 16 rebounds. Warner and Will Washington each added 13 points. Mike Zuiderveen led SVSU with 19 points.
For the game the ‘Cats were 22-51 from the floor (43.1 percent), 7-26 from the three-point line (26.9 percent) and 21-32 from the charity stripe (65.6 percent). NMU out rebounded the Cardinals by a 41-36 margin.
The ‘Cats will be in action on Sunday (Dec. 10) against St. Norbert at the Berry Events Center. The ball will be thrown up at 3 p.m.
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