DULUTH, Minn. – Cold shooting hurt the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team on Saturday in its second game at the Um-Duluth Tournament. The Wildcats fell to the host school, UM-Duluth, by a score of 79-53. NMU is still in search of its first win of the season and fall to 0-3 while the Bulldogs improve to 4-1.
The first half saw the home team shoot a sizzling 61.3 percent from the floor on 19-31. On the other hand NMU was 10-30 for 33.3 percent. NMU never led in the game as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 26-11 lead with about 10 minutes gone in the first half. Jake Suardini had 10 of his team-high 19 points in the first half.
NMU shot a little bit better in the second half at 41.9 percent (13-31). UM-D did cool off in the second 20 minutes of play to 42.3 percent (11-26). The ‘Cats would get to within 18 points after Tyler Kazmierkoski nailed a three-pointer at 14:11. That would be as close as NMU would get on the night.
NMU ended the game from the floor at 23-61 for 37.7 percent. Suardini made three of the ‘Cats six three-pointer on the night. NMU attempted 30 three-pointers for 20 percent. For the 40 minutes of game action, NMU only made six trips to the free throw line and converted one throw (16.7 percent). Kazmierkoski led the ‘Cats off the glass with six rebounds. Jordan Nuness led the Bulldogs with 18 points. NMU was out-rebounded for the game by a 44-29 count. Suardini was named to the all-tournament team.
NMU will stay on the road for its next two games. The ‘Cats open up Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play this week in Erie, Pa. Thursday (Nov. 29) the team will face Gannon before going across town to face Mercyhurst on Saturday (Dec. 1).
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