MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Grand Valley State University Lakers went to the free throw line 45 times Saturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center. GVSU made 31 of its throws which helped them with a 64-56 win over the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team.
NMU falls to 9-10 overall on the season and 4-10 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. The Lakers improve to 15-4 and 10-4 respectively.
GVSU controlled the tempo for the majority of the first half. With 8:47 left in the half the Lakers had built a 10-point lead (17-7). With GVSU up 25-11 with a little over three minutes showing on the clock the Wildcats used a 14-2 run to end the half. Raymont McElroy and Marc Renelique (three three-pointers) hit from beyond the arc for the ‘Cats. NMU went into the locker room down 27-25.
NMU quickly tied the game at 27-all with the first basket of the second half by Austin Rowe. The ‘Cats would not have the lead until 15:40 when Kyle Greene made a lay-up for a 34-33 edge. GVSU added a basket before McElroy canned his own three-pointer for a 37-35 NMU lead at 15:22. Greene’s three-point play at 12:55 gave NMU a 40-38 lead. With the score tied at 42-all, GVSU used an 11-3 run to take a six-point lead with less than seven minutes left in the game (53-45). When Chris Warner made one of his two free throws with 2:49 left in the game to get to within four (54-50) the Lakers answered to take a 57-50 lead. McElroy and Renelique made back-to-back baskets to get the ‘Cats to within two points (58-56) with 39 seconds left on the clock. Those would be the final points the ‘Cats would score on the night.
McElroy led all scorers with 18 points. Renelique added 11 while Rowe had 10 points. Toreau Brown led GVSU with 14 points. Rowe pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
For the game the ‘Cats were 21-60 from the floor (35 percent). From three-point range the ‘Cats were 7-28 (25 percent). McElroy was 4-8 from the three-point line. NMU only made nine trips to the free throw line and made seven of its throws (77.8 percent). GVSU out-rebounded NMU by a count of 39-28.
The ‘Cats are on the road for its next four games. First up this coming week are games at Ashland (Feb. 5) and Tiffin (Feb. 7).
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