DE PERE, Wis. – A 10-2 run by the St. Norbert Green Knights in overtime sank the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team on Monday night. NMU was down by two at the half (24-22), but came back to tie the game in regulation before dropping the game 59-50.
With the loss the Wildcats are now 1-8 on the season while SNC improves to 3-5.
The first half saw the ‘Cats jump out to an 8-2 lead with a little over three minutes gone in the game. Tyler Kazmierkoski made a layup to give NMU the six-point lead. With NMU trailing by one, Jake Suardini made a layup before Eric Sirrine hit for a three-pointer to give the ‘Cats the lead at 13-9 with less than 11 minutes left in the half. The home team took a 16-13 lead with 7:57 showing on the clock. NMU got back-to-back baskets by Darren Jones to take the lead once again at 17-16 with 6:42 left on the clock. The game was tied three times in the final five plus minutes of the half. NMU’s last lead of the half (22-20) was at 3:05 when Jones went in for a layup. SNC scored the final four points of the half.
The two teams in the second half kept it close. NMU was down by four at 34-30 with 13:34 left in regulation. The ‘Cats went on a 10-0 over a five minute span in the half. At the time NMU was down 34-30 before leading by six (40-34) when Suardini canned a jumper at 8:22. With the game tied for the ninth time at 40-all with 3:09 left in regulation the teams traded baskets before the Green Knights hit for a three-pointer with 37 seconds left in regulation to take a two-point lead (44-42). With 23 seconds showing on the clock, Suardini made a layup to tie the game at 44-all. SNC missed a three-pointer to send the game to an extra five minutes.
Suardini made the first basket in overtime to give the ‘Cats a brief lead (46-44). SNC went on its run to take over the game. Kyle Greene scored the final two baskets for the ‘Cats. As a team NMU scored six points in overtime.
The ‘Cats were 22-55 from the floor (40 percent). NMU made two of its three-pointers on the night in 17 attempts (11.8 percent). Three-pointers were made by Jerard Ajami and Sirrine. NMU was 4-8 from the charity stripe (50 percent). The ‘Cats did have a 10-rebound advantage over the Green Knights (41-31).
Suardini led the ‘Cats with 13 points. Jones had 12 markers to go along with his nine rebounds. Sebastien Salois also had nine rebounds. Eric Bieniasz led the Green Knights with 21 points.
The ‘Cats are off until after Christmas when they will take an extended road trip. NMU will play at the Augustana Tournament against South Dakota and the host school on Dec. 27-28. Then the ‘Cats will play a game against South Dakota on its home court on Dec. 30.
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