MIDLAND, Mich. – After dropping four games in a row the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team has rattled off three wins in row. Tonight at Northwood the Wildcats defeated the Timberwolves 69-44. All three of the wins have been on the road where the ‘Cats are 5-4 on the season.
NMU is currently 11-9 overall on the season and 5-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). NU falls to 7-11 and 3-7 respectively.
From the opening tip-off to the final buzzer NMU held the lead for the entire 40 minutes of play. The ‘Cats were up 9-0 after almost three minutes of play. NU did not score its first point until the 15:43 mark. With a little more than nine minutes left in the half, Chris Warner made a lay-up to give the ‘Cats the 19-10 lead. With 5:36 left before the intermission, the Timberwolves cut NMU’s lead to three points (23-20). Will Washington then made back-to-back three-pointers for the ‘Cats and the lead was now 29-22. NMU went into the locker room on the strength of a 5-2 run to end the half (35-26).
The second 20 minutes of play saw the ‘Cats extend its lead to double-figures when Ricky Volcy tipped-in the ball at 18:36 (39-28). Chris Warner made two free throws with about 10 minutes left in the game for a 20-point plus lead (55-34). The NMU defense held the Timberwolves to three points in the final six minutes of the game.
After shooting 50 percent from the floor (15-30) in the first half the ‘Cats cooled off some in the second half by shooting for 39.1 percent (9-23). For the game the ‘Cats were 24-53 for 45.3 percent. Washington dialed in from downtown as he made five of the six three-pointers for the game. NMU was 6-19 from the arc for 31.6 percent. From the free throw line the ‘Cats were 15-18 for 83.3 percent. Off the glass the ‘Cats had a big advantage at 41-29.
Four NMU players were in double-figures in scoring. Washington led the way with 17 points. Warner added 15 markers while Jake Suardini had 12 and Volcy 11. Volcy added eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Curt Ludtke led the Timberwolves with 13 points and eight rebounds.
NMU will stay on the road for its next game which will be at Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 27).
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