EAST LANSING, Mich. – The second game at the 2007 O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic did not go as well as hoped for the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team. NMU was down by 11 points at the half to Chicago State and ended up dropping the game by a score of 89-50.
The Wildcats did jump out to a 17-8 lead about six minutes into the game. Chicago State went on a 12-2 run over a five minute span to take a 20-19 lead. The ‘Cats only scored 11 points the rest of the half. For the first 20 minutes of action, NMU was 13-31 from the floor (41.9 percent) which included 3-11 from the arc (27.2 percent). From the free throw line the ‘Cats were 1-2 (50 percent). CSU shot 57.1 percent from the floor in the first half (16-29).
The second half was all Cougars. NMU only scored three points over an 11minute stretch in the half. The ‘Cats scored 17 of its 20 points of the half in the first eight plus minutes. NMU in the second half was 8-35 from the floor (22.9 percent) and 2-20 from the three-point line (10 percent). NMU shot 31.8 percent for the game from the floor (21-66) as 5-31 of the shots were from the three-point line (16.1 percent). For the game NMU made nine trips to the free throw line and connected three times (33.3 percent). CSU shot 56.9 percent for the game (33-58) which included 14-24 from three-point land (58.3 percent). The Cougars controlled the boards with 43 to 34 for NMU.
Two ‘Cats were in double-figures as Tyler Kazmierkoski led the way with 18 points as teammate Jerard Ajami added 10. Sebastien Salois led the ‘Cats off the glass with a team-high eight rebounds.
NMU will play a game which counts on Monday, Nov. 19 at UW-Stevens Point.
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