January 17, 2009
'Cats Fall Just Short
HILLSDALE, Mich. – Holding a one-point advantage after 20 minutes of play (33-32) the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team down by as many as nine points in the second half to Hillsdale tried to comeback against the Chargers, but fell just short Saturday afternoon. Hillsdale took the matinee by a score of 64-61.
NMU falls to 9-6 overall and 4-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Hillsdale improves to 6-8 and 4-6 respectively.
With the home team holding a 21-9 lead after almost 12 minutes of play in the game the Wildcats used a 16-4 run to tie the game at 25-all with about four minutes left in the half. The ‘Cats then ran off the next eight points in a row (33-25) as Marc Renelique and Chris Warner hit from three-point land. The ‘Cats would not score the final 2:19 of the half as the Chargers used a 7-0 run to end the first 20 minutes of play.
Tyler Kazmierkoski made the first basket of the second half to give the ‘Cats a 35-32 lead. Hillsdale held the ‘Cats without a score for over six minutes as they built a 42-35 lead until Renelique hit a jumper at 13:07 (42-27). Warner sank both of his free throws at 10:25 to give NMU a brief 47-46 lead. With NMU trailing (53-52) Kazmierkoski made a three-pointer with a little more than five minutes left in the game for a 55-53 score. The Chargers tied the game before Kazmierkoski made a lay-up at 2:55 for a 57-55 NMU edge. Hillsdale ended the game with a 9-4 run to take the win.
Renelique, off the bench today, led the ‘Cats in the scoring column with 14 points. Warner and Kazmierkoski had 13 and 10 points respectively. Warner and Kazmierkoski shared the team lead in rebounds with six each. Keith MacKenzie led the Chargers with 16 points.
NMU was 20-54 from the floor (37 percent). From beyond the arc the ‘Cats were 8-24 (33.3 percent) as Raymont McElroy led the team by going 3-7. The ‘Cats were 13-23 from the free throw line (56.5 percent). The home team ended the game with an advantage off the glass (52-35).
NMU will play its next four games in a row at home. Beginning this coming week the ‘Cats host Lake Superior State Thursday (Jan. 22) and Saginaw Valley State Saturday (Jan. 24).
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