DETROIT, Mich. – Down by three points at the half (36-33) the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team shot over 50 percent from the floor in the second and held Wayne State to 40 percent in the half to came from behind to take the game (68-67). It was the Wildcats first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) win of the season.
NMU now stands at 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC. Wayne State falls to 3-2 and 1-1 respectively.
NMU jumped out to a seven-point lead minutes into the game (10-3) when Marc Renelique hit a three-pointer at 17:50. A couple of minutes later, Tyler Kazmierkoski hit another three and the ‘Cats were up 13-5. NMU held the lead until 9:02 when the Warriors tied the game at 23-all. After the tie the ‘Cats had an five-point lead about two minutes later after a Chris Warner three-pointer and a lay-up by Kyle Greene. With 4:48 left in the half the Warriors tied the game for the second time at 28-all and finished the half with an 8-5 run for the lead at the half (36-33).
The ‘Cats tied the game up for the third time at 18:05 of the second half on a three-pointer by Jared Benson and a jumper by Renelique. NMU tied up the game again at 42-all then the Warriors took over the lead briefly before Benson canned two three-pointers and a lay-up by Raymont McElroy sandwiched in between for a five-point NMU lead at 13:20 (50-45). WSU held a lead for about four minutes before McElroy tipped the ball in to tie the score at 57-all (5:33). WSU held a 60-59 lead with 3:57 showing on the clock. McElroy scored the next five points for the ‘Cats to swing the score in favor of the ‘Cats (64-60) with less than three minutes left in the game. NMU held a six-point cushion with 2:15 left on the game after a Warner jumper. WSU and NMU traded baskets before the Warriors hit a three-pointer with 1:18 left to cut the lead to 68-65. NMU held on for the win after a lay-up by Bryan Edwards of WSU with three ticks left on the clock.
McElroy and Warner with 18 and 16 points respectively led four ‘Cats in double-figures. Benson and Renelique each had 11 points. Greene off the bench had a team-high eight rebounds to go along with his four assists, four blocks and three steals. Reggie Stallings of WSU led all scorers with 21 points.
NMU shot 45 percent from the floor for the game (27-60). From the arc the ‘Cats were 8-22 (36.4 percent). Benson was 3-3 from three-point land. The ‘Cats made nine trips to the free throw line and made six of the throws (66.7 percent). NMU had a 10-rebound advantage for the game over the Warriors (39-29).
The ‘Cats face Michigan Tech in Houghton next Saturday (Dec. 13) for its third and final game of its road swing.
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