MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team snapped its two-game skid on Thursday night with a 69-57 win over the Timberwolves of Northwood University. NMU held a 10-point (30-20) lead at the intermission to cruise to the win.
NMU is now 7-17 overall and 6-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). NU falls to 10-14 and 5-10 respectively.
A little over two minutes into the game the ‘Cats were up 8-2 thanks to two three-pointers and a jumper by Jerard Ajami and a three-pointer by Tyler Kazmierkoiski. NU held a 14-13 lead at 8:38 and then NMU went on a 10-0 run to take a 23-14 lead with 5:20 left in the half. Kazmierkoski accounted for five of the points. NMU would hold the lead for the rest of the half. NMU leading by a score of 25-20 scored the final five points of the half for the10-point lead after 20 minutes of play.
The second 20 minutes of play was all NMU. The ‘Cats held a 20-point lead, when Kyle Greene sank both of his free throws, a little over eight minutes into the half. At 7:13 Jake Suardini made a layup to give the ‘Cats a 57-36 lead. NMU coasted the rest of the way for the win.
Suardini and Kazmierkoski each had 20 points to lead the way. Ajami added 13 points. Greene ended the night with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Mark Barnes led the Timberwolves with 23 points.
NMU was 20-54 from the floor for the game (37.0 percent). The ‘Cats were 9-28 from beyond the arc (32.1 percent). Seven of the three-pointer came from Kazmierkoski with four and Ajami with three. NMU was 20-22 from the free throw line (90.9 percent). The Timberwolves won the battle on the boards with a 40-37 edge.
The ‘Cats are back in action at home again on Saturday (Feb. 16) against Saginaw Valley State at 3 p.m.
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