MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team had little trouble with non-conference foe Northland College Monday at the Berry Events Center. Led by four players in double-figures the Wildcats cruised to an 80-38 win over the Lumberjacks.
NMU improves to 7-3 on the season while Northland falls to 2-7.
The ‘Cats jumped out to a 13-4 lead about four minutes into the game and never looked back. Marc Renelique canned a three-pointer at 9:05 of the first half to give NMU the 24-10 lead. Chris Warner gave the ‘Cats a 21-point cushion when he made both of his free throws at 6:19 (33-12). NMU ended the first half with a 6-2 run as Austin Rowe scored all six points. NMU led at the half (43-16).
The second half saw the ‘Cats go 12-25 from the floor for 48 percent. About eight minutes into the half the ‘Cats enjoyed a 30-point lead (56-26) after Renelique hit from the arc. Eric Hawley sank a jumper with 2:49 left in the game for a 78-38 lead.
Renelique led all scorers with 21 points. Warner was the other starter in double-figures with 11 points. Rowe off the bench ended the game with 14 points and seven rebounds, both career highs. Also off the bench Kyle Greene had 10 points and six rebounds. Max Lesatz led the Lumberjacks with 13 points.
NMU for the game was 28-55 from the floor (50.9 percent). From the three-point line the ‘Cats were 7-23 (30.4 percent). Renelique led the team by going 5-8 from the arc. NMU was 17-27 from the free throw line (63 percent). The ‘Cats had a big advantage on the boards at 44-31.
NMU will be back in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play on Saturday, Jan. 3 against Michigan Tech at 3 p.m.
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