FINDLAY, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team was as cold as the outside temperature Thursday night at the University of Findlay. Also the Wildcats were playing the top team in men’s NCAA II basketball. The UF defense held the ‘Cats to 16.1 percent shooting in the first half (5-31) en route to a 96-47 win.
NMU falls to 9-5 overall on the season and 4-5 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. The Oilers stay perfect on the season at 13-0 and 9-0 respectively.
After about six minutes of play the home team had a 20-3 lead. NMU’s only basket during the time was a three-pointer by Marc Renelique at 16:33. The ‘Cats next basket was scored by Tyler Kazmierkoski at 13:03, at that time UF had a 22-6 lead. NMU was down 47-12 after 20 minutes of play.
The second half saw the ‘Cats shoot a little bit better from the floor 11-30 for 36.7 percent. NMU scored 35 points in the second half. Renelique scored six of his team-high 11 points in the half. Kazmierkoski scored eight of his 10 points in the second 20 minutes of play. Mark D’Agostino, off the bench, led NMU off the glass with a team-high seven rebounds. Tyler Sparks led the Oilers with 19 points.
NMU for the game was 16-61 from the floor (26.2 percent). From beyond the arc the ‘Cats were 7-29 (24.1 percent). Renelique had three of the three-pointers on the night. NMU was 8-10 from the free throw line (80 percent). UF out-rebounded the ‘Cats 41-35.
NMU will continue with the road swing Saturday at Hillsdale (Jan. 17).
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