MIDLAND, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team took it perfect 4-0 record on the road for the first time this season. NMU was also opening up Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play at Northwood Thursday night. After the final buzzer went off the Wildcats saw its perfect record fall with the 50-46 decision. Each team shot 28 percent from the floor for the game. NMU was 14-50 for 28 percent while Northwood was 17-59 for 28.8 percent.
NMU falls to 4-1 overall on the season and 0-1 in the GLIAC. Northwood improves to 4-1 and 1-0 respectively.
The ‘Cats held an 8-4 lead at 12:30 when Raymont McElroy hit a three-pointer. About three minutes later the ‘Cats had a five-point lead (10-5) when Kyle Greene converted a lay-up. The Timberwolves made a basket to cut the NMU lead to three points (10-7) before Marc Renelique hit a jumper for another five-point lead. With Northwood holding onto a 17-14 lead with under five minutes left in the half the ‘Cats went on a 7-1 run to end the half. The run was capped off by a jumper by Renelique, a three-pointer by Tyler Kazmierkoski and a lay-up by Eric Sirrine. NMU held a 21-18 lead after the first 20 minutes of play.
The second 20 minutes began with the Timberwolves taking an 8-5 run to take the lead (28-26) about five plus minutes into the half. The Timberwolves would hold the lead until 4:37 when Chris Warner connected on two free throws to tie the game at 37-all. Sirrine then made one of his two free throws for a 38-37 NMU lead with 4:12 showing on the clock. The home team sprinted to a 43-28 lead with 1:20 left in the game. With less than 20 seconds left in the game Warner kept the ‘Cats close with a free throw and a lay-up, but it was not enough. Chris Johnson for Northwood made all four of his free throws to secure the lead.
Warner led all scorers with 16 points. He also added six rebounds and three assists. McElroy had a team-high eight rebounds. Johnson led the Timberwolves with 15 points.
NMU was 3-18 from the arc for 16.7 percent. From the free throw line the ‘Cats were 15-23 for 65.2 percent. NMU had 41 rebounds on the night to 48 for the Timberwolves.
The ‘Cats face the Warriors of Wayne State University on Saturday (Dec. 6) in the second game of the road swing.
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