MARQUETTE, Mich. – Tyler Kazmierkoski had 20 points after 20 minutes of play Thursday night at the Berry Events Center. At the time the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team was down by 10 points to the Ferris State University Bulldogs (52-42). NMU shot 58.3 percent from the floor in the first half and then shot 50 percent in the second half. In the end the Bulldogs pulled out an 87-81 win over NMU.
NMU falls to 9-9 overall on the season and 4-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Ferris improves to 10-8 and 8-5 respectively.
NMU took a lead at 14:14 of the first half when Kazmierkoski went in for a lay-up (13-12). Marc Renelique then hit a three-pointer to give the ‘Cats a four-point lead at 13:47 (16-12). Ferris took over the lead until Renelique tied the game at 23-all with a three-pointer (9:58). Baskets were exchanged then the Bulldogs went on a nine to three spurt to take a 34-28 lead with 6:03 on the clock. The Bulldogs quickly built a 10-point cushion before Kazmierkoski made four free throws in a row for a 45-38 game. Ferris ended the half with a 6-2 run.
Within about three minutes gone in the second half the Bulldogs had an 11-point lead (58-47). Lay-ups by Kazmierkoski and Chris Warner had the ‘Cats down by seven (58-51). Raymont McElroy sank back-to-back baskets to cut the Ferris lead to 63-58 with 11:40 left in the game. With a little over six minutes left in the game, Ferris had a 73-63 lead. Sebastien Salois hit from three-point range and then Austin Rowe sank two free throws for a 73-68 game. NMU had it down to three points at 3:59 when Kazmierkoski hit his own three-pointer (76-73). With just under three minutes left in the game McElroy sank both of his free throws to have the ‘Cats within two (77-75). Ferris used a 10-6 run to end the game and pick up the win.
Kazmierkoski led led all scorers with 25 points. Three other ‘Cats were in double-figures as McElroy ended the night with 18 points. Warner and Rowe each had 10 points. Rowe also had a team-high seven rebounds. Justin Keenan led the Bulldogs with 23 points.
For the game the ‘Cats were 26-48 from the floor (54.2 percent). From beyond the arc the ‘Cats were 8-21 (38.1 percent). NMU made 29 trips to the free throw line and sank 21 throws (72.4 percent). Rebounds were almost even as Ferris had two more than NMU (31-29).
NMU will face Grand Valley State Saturday (Jan. 31) at 3 p.m. in the Berry Events Center.
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