MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team held a one-point lead at the half (32-31) against the Northwood University Timberwolves Saturday at the Berry Events Center. NMU shot only 27.3 percent from the floor in the second half (9-33) and dropped the game 75-68.
With the loss the Wildcats are now 6-3 overall on the season and 2-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Northwood improves to 6-3 and 3-2 respectively.
NMU took its first lead of the game 19-18 at 7:19 when Chris Warner canned a three-pointer. Jared Benson made a jumper at 6:47 to tie the score at 21-all. Northwood held a 26-25 lead when Eric Sirrine hit his own three-pointer at 1:59 to give the ‘Cats the lead back (28-26). The Timberwolves took the lead before Marc Renelique made a lay-up to give the ‘Cats the 30-29 edge. Warner made both of his free throws with 42 seconds left in the half to tie the game and give NMU the one-point lead into the locker room.
The second half saw the score tied three times within the first five minutes before the ‘Cats used a 7-3 run to take a 49-45 lead after Renelique converted a three-point play at 13:10. Renelique hit both of his free throw at 10:03 to give NMU the 53-52 lead. After Raymont McElroy made a lay-up at 8:32 to give NMU the 58-56 lead, the ‘Cats then got two free throws from Tyler Kazmierkoski for a 60-56 lead (5:56). Northwood tied the game up for the 10th time at 63-all with 3:32 left . NMU’s final lead of the game (64-63) was at 3:01 when McElroy made one of his two free throws.
Renelique led the ‘Cats with 20 points. Warner added 13 and Kazmierkoski 11 points in the loss. Warner and McElroy each had seven rebounds to pace NMU. Chris Johnson of the Timberwolves had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
For the game the ‘Cats were 23-68 form the floor (33.8 percent). That included being 4-25 from the arc (16 percent). Warner had two of the three-pointer for the game. NMU was 18-20 from the charity stripe (90 percent). Warner again led the way at the line by going 7-8. Rebounds were even at 40 for each side.
The ‘Cats are back in action on Monday, Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. against Northland College.
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