MARQUETTE, Mich. – The hot shooting of the Lake Superior State men’s basketball team melted the snow within a five mile radius of the Berry Events Center Thursday night. LSSU shot a very hot 64.4 percent (29-45) from the floor for the game to take the 76-61 victory over the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team. The Lakers shot 68.4 percent in the first half (13-19).
NMU falls to 9-7 overall and 4-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Lakers improve to 11-5 and 8-3 respectively.
LSSU began the game with a 19-2 run after the first seven minutes. Austin Rowe hit a three-pointer at 12:03 for the Wildcats first basket since 18:16. Tyler Kazmierkoski nailed a three-pointer of his own at 10:12 to have the Lakers lead to less than 10 points (23-14). Over the next six minute NMU went on a 16-8 run to get within one (31-30) with 4:18 left in the half. Marc Renelique hit back-to-back three-pointers in the run. NMU flirted with a one-point game after Austin Rowe and Raymont McElroy scored. NMU went into the locker room at the half trailing 36-33.
LSSU began the second half with a 15-6 run to take a 51-39 lead with 13:12 left in the game. Jared Benson’s jumper at 10:55 cut the LSSU lead to 53-43. The Lakers put the game away with a 15-2 run for a 68-45 lead with 6:45 left. NMU did score the final nine points of the game. Jordan Mitchell hit from downtown with 2:26 showing on the clock (76-59) for his first career three-pointer.
Renelique was the lone ‘Cat with 10 or more points on the night. He ended the contest with 11 points and a team-high five rebounds. Tim VanOudeusden led the Lakers with 29 points.
NMU shot 42.9 percent from the floor for the game (21-49). The ‘Cats were 10-29 from three-point range (10-29). Renelique was 3-10 from beyond the arc. NMU made nine of its 10 free throws (90 percent). LSSU had the advantage off the glass at 27-18.
NMU will host the Cardinals of Saginaw Valley State Saturday (Jan. 24) at 1 p.m.
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