HILLSDALE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team snapped its four-game skid with a 65-57 road win over the Hillsdale College Chargers on Thursday night. The Wildcats used a quick start to glide to the win.
NMU is now 9-9 overall on the season and 3-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Chargers fall to 11-6 and 3-5 respectively.
A little over a minute into the game the Wildcats jumped out to an 8-0 lead. Jake Suardini had a three-point play which was followed by Will Washington’s three-pointer and lay-up. Tyler Kazmierkoski hit from the three-point line at 9:09 which gave the ‘Cats its biggest lead of the half at 26-11. For the next nine minutes the home team went on an 18-4 run to close the gap to one point at the intermission (30-29).
The first couple of minutes of the second half the ‘Cats held a six-point lead thanks to a three from Sebastien Salois (35-29). HC tied the game at 35-all at 16:08 and would take a four-point lead at 41-37 with less than 14 minutes left in the game.
With the ‘Cats still down by four at 43-39, Ricky Volcy hit a three-pointer at 11:24 to get back within strike distance at 43-42. Washington connected from long range again at 10:01 as the ‘Cats took over the lead at 45-43.
The Chargers would tie the game for the final time at 45-all with 9:45 left in regulation. NMU responded with a 5-0 run thanks to Chris Warner’s two free throws and a three-pointer from Washington. Steve Kaiser sealed the win for the ‘Cats with a lay-up which was then followed by another lay-up from Volcy (61-52) with less than 1:30 left on the clock. Volcy and Washington were perfect from the free throw line down the stretch.
Washington and Volcy led the ‘Cats in the scoring column with 20 and 17 points respectively. Washington was the game-high scorer. For Volcy it was his 10th double-double of the season as he added 10 rebounds and three blocks. Tim Homan led HC with 14 points.
NMU was 21-51 from the floor for 41.2 percent. Washington with four and Salois with three combined for seven of the 11 three-pointers made for the game in 25 attempts (44 percent). NMU took 15 trips to the free throw line and sank 12 (80 percent). Rebounds were almost even as the Chargers had one more for the game (39-38).
NMU will face Wayne State for the second time this season on Saturday (Jan. 20) as the team continues with its GLIAC South road swing. The two teams met in November in Detroit, in a non-conference game, as the Warriors took a 76-71 double-overtime decision.
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