MARQUETTE, Mich. – Trailing by a point after 20 minutes of play (33-32) the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team used a strong second half to take the game against the Tiffin University Dragons Thursday night at the Berry Events Center, 92-70. NMU scored 60 points in the second half and shot 69 percent from the floor (20-29).
The Wildcats improve to 9-3 overall and 4-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Tiffin falls to 1-11 and 0-7 respectively.
The first five or so minutes of the game was close as the ‘Cats held an 11-9 lead after Austin Rowe sank two free throws at 14:05. Tiffin tied the game at 16-all at 10:26 before taking the lead. The Dragons did have a 24-17 lead with 6:48 left in the half.
Sebastien Salois gave NMU the 26-24 lead with a three-pointer at 4:38. NMU would not have the lead again (32-31) until Marc Renelique sank both of his free throws at 1:12. With less than a minute left in the half the Dragons connected form the charity stripe for the lead after 20 minutes of play.
The second half saw the Dragons hold the lead for the first two plus minutes before a Kyle Greene dunk at 17:30 tied the game at 38-all. NMU took the lead for good its next time it had the ball on a Raymont McElroy jumper (16:55) for a 40-38 score. NMU had the lead up to 10 points (50-40) after a Renelique three-pointer at 14:10.
The Dragons had the NMU lead down to four points (59-55) before the ‘Cats went on a 5-0 run in less than a minute (64-55). Five made free throws in a row by Renelique and Warner gave NMU a 69-59 lead with less than seven minutes left in the game. When Renelique made his three-pointer at 3:12 NMU held an 85-66 lead.
Four of the five starters finished the game in double-figures as Renelique led the way with 18 points. McElroy and Greene ended the night with 16 points each. Greene ended the night with a double-double as he added 11 rebounds. Warner finished the contest with 14 points. Rafael Cuellar and Donnell Patterson each had 15 points for the Dragons.
For the game the ‘Cats were 31-56 from the floor (55.4 percent). That included 9-19 from beyond the arc (47.4 percent). Renelique was 3-9 from the three-point line. From the charity stripe the ‘Cats were 21-26 (80.8 percent). NMU held a slight edge off the glass at 37-32.
The ‘Cats are home Saturday (Jan. 10) against the Ashland University Eagles at 3 p.m.
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