MARQUETTE, Mich. – Withthree players in double-figures it was not enough as the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team dropped an 83-55 decision to the Grand Valley State University Lakers at the Berry Events Center on Thursday night. NMU falls to 1-12 overall on the season and 1-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Lakers stay perfect on the season at 15-0 and 4-0 respectively.
NMU raced out of the gate with back-to-back three-pointers by Eric Sirrine and Sebastien Salois which tied the game at six-all. Sirrine would tie the game at eight with a layup at 17:09. GVSU lead quickly grew to double-figures as the Wildcats only made eight field goals in the first half (33.3 percent).
The second 20 minutes was not much better for the ‘Cats as the Lakers held a double-figure lead for the entire half. NMU in the second half was 10-25 from the floor (40 percent). The ‘Cats three-point shooting in the second half was 6-13 (46.2 percent).
Jake Suardini led the ‘Cats with 16 points. He was followed by Jerard Ajami with 12 and Tyler Kazmierkoski with 11 points in the scoring column. Pete Trammell led the Lakers with 23 points. Kyle Greene off the bench had a team-high five rebounds for NMU.
For the game, the ‘Cats were 18-49 from the floor (36.7 percent). From the arc NMU was 9-26 (34.6 percent). NMU made 10 of its 12 free throws (83.3 percent). The Lakers won the battle on the boards by two rebounds (29-27).
NMU is off on the road for its next two games. The ‘Cats face Saginaw Valley (Jan. 10) and Northwood (Jan. 12) on its two-game road swing.
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