February 9, 2008

'Cats Struggle From The Floor

ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team suffered its 17th loss on the season on Saturday. NMU down by 16 at the half dropped the 74-41 game to the Grand Valley State University Lakers.
 
The Wildcats drop to 6-17 overall on the season and 5-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). GVSU is still perfect on the season at 26-0 and 14-0 respectively.
 
NMU’s only lead of the game was when Jerard Ajami sank a three-pointer a little over three minutes into the game for the 3-2 lead. The Lakers went on a 16-7 to take control of the game. Tyler Kazmierkoski made a layup at 10:22 to cut the Laker lead to 18-12 at 10:22. GVSU held a 10 point or larger lead the rest of the half.
 
The second half was all Lakers as the ‘Cats were 9-29 from the floor (31 percent). From beyond the arc NMU was 1-12
(8.3 percent). The closest the ‘Cats got in the half was 51-37 at 11:36 when Jake Suardini made a layup.
 
No one for the ‘Cats scored over 10 points. Suardini and Kazmierkoski were the high scorers for NMU with nine points each. Kyle Greene and Darren Jones had six rebounds each. Jason Jamerson led GVSU with 19 points. 
 
NMU ended the game by going 17-57 from the floor (29.8 percent). The ‘Cats were 5-24 from beyond the arc (20.8 percent). Ajami had two of the three-pointers. From the free throw line the ‘Cats made six trips and sank two of the throws (33.3 percent).
 
NMU will face Northwood and Saginaw Valley State at home this week. The Timberwolves will visit the Berry on
Thursday (Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.) and the Cardinals on Saturday (Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.).
 
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Prepared By
David Faiella
Sports Information Director
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