ASHLAND, Ohio – Saturday’s game could have been called it was raining three’s. Northern Michigan University and Ashland University combined for 25 from beyond the arc. NMU led the way with 14 three-pointers while AU had 11. But for the Wildcats it was not enough as the home team took the game 73-64. With the loss the Wildcats drop to 1-7 overall and 1-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Eagles improve to 5-4 and 3-1 respectively.
Over the first seven plus minutes of the game the ‘Cats were down by as many as five points. NMU took its first lead of the game at 14-13 when Jake Suardini hit from downtown with 12:29 showing on the clock. The game would be tied three times over the next five minutes. Jerard Ajami hit for a three-pointer at 7:23 which tied the game at 22-all with 7:23 left in the half. Ajami went in for a layup with 3:12 left before half as the ‘Cats were down 29-26. That was as close as the team would get before the half. NMU went into the locker room down 35-27.
AU held the lead for the entire 20 minutes of the second half, but the ‘Cats did not fold. Over the first four minutes of the half, the Eagles built a double-digit lead. Suardini hit for one of his six three-pointers for the game at 11:47 to get the ‘Cats to within three (51-48). Over the final six plus minutes of the game the ‘Cats had chances. Darren Jones hit for a jumper at 6:18 to cut into the lead at 57-54. Suardini hit for a four-point play with 3:36 left to cut the deficit to two points (64-62). AU scored a basket before Jones hit for a jumper at 2:40 (66-64). AU finished the game with a 7-0 run.
Suardini and Tyler Kazmierkoski led the ‘Cats with 21 points each. Ajami was the third ‘Cat in double-figures with 13 points. Sebastien Salois led the ‘Cats on the boards with six rebounds. Steve Gansey led AU with 23 points.
NMU was 23-48 for the floor (47.9 percent). Kazmierkoski added five three-pointer as a team NMU was 14-36 from the arc (38.9 percent). The ‘Cats went to the free throw line seven times and made four throws (57.1 percent). AU had the edge off the glass at 28-20.
The ‘Cats will be back in action on Monday night (Dec. 17) at St. Norbert.
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