MARQUETTE, Mich. – It took the Northern Michigan men’s basketball team (1-0) some time to get going in its home opener Saturday. The Wildcats led Northland Baptist (0-1) by two points after 20 minutes of play (27-25), but pulled away in the second half to take the game 66-41.
NMU shot 50 percent (10-20) from the floor in the first half and 43.5 percent (10-23) in the second half. It took almost five minutes into the second half for someone to score. After Northland Baptist tied the score at 27-all the Wildcats rattled off the next seven points which was highlighted by two three-pointers from Marc Renelique. Over a four minute span the ‘Cats went on a 14-0 run to put the game away.
Renelique led the ‘Cats with 14 points. Tyler Kazmierkoski had 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Joel Widmer led Northland Baptist with 15 points.
NMU shot 46.5 percent from the floor for the game on 20-43 shooting. From the three-point line the ‘Cats were 9-19, Renelique led the ‘Cats by going 4-8. NMU made 23 trips to the free throw line and were 17-23 for 73.9 percent. Total rebounds were in favor of the home team at 37-23.
NMU will be back in action at the Berry Events Center tomorrow (Nov. 16) at 1 p.m. against Minnesota-Duluth.
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