February 7, 2009
Men's Cagers Stay Perfect On The Road Swing
TIFFIN, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team had little trouble in downing the Tiffin University Dragons Saturday afternoon. NMU held a seven-point lead at the half (34-27) as the Wildcats took the game 77-58.
NMU took both of its games on the road swing to improve to 11-10 overall on the season and 6-10 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. The Dragons fall to 2-19 and 1-15 respectively.
With Tiffin leading 3-2 after a couple minutes of play in the game, the ‘Cats used a 13-0 run over a span of four minutes to take a 15-3 lead. The run was highlighted by Tyler Kazmierkoski’s two three-pointers. Tiffin then used an 11-0 run to get back in the game (15-14) with 9:25 left in the half. The Dragons took a brief lead (17-15) at 8:42. With the score tied at 17-all the ‘Cats received a three-pointer from Raymont McElroy and the two free throws from him for a 22-18 lead (3:47). The Dragons chipped away at the ‘Cats lead until NMU received a three-pointer from McElroy and Marc Renelique for a 30-24 lead with 2:37 left before half. Renelique then hit another three-pointer with a little over a minute left for a 34-26 advantage for the ‘Cats.
NMU led the entire second half as the ‘Cats quickly built up an 11-point lead 48-37 after Renelique hit from beyond the arc at 13:16. Kazmierkoski gave NMU a 15-point lead (61-46) with 7:32 left on the clock. Chris Warner’s jumper (7:00) gave NMU a 63-46 lead. McElroy’s three-pointer with 2:05 left in the game gave NMU a 70-53 lead. Kazmierkoski then converted four free throws in a row for a 74-55 game. McElroy hit a three-pointer for the final basket of the game.
Kazmierkoski led all scorers with a season-high 26 points. McElroy poured in a career-high 20 points as he was 6-of-9 from three-point land (career highs). Renelique off the bench added 16 points. Kyle Greene led NMU off the glass with eight rebounds. Alex Strok led the Dragons with 22 points.
NMU was 25-49 from the floor for the game (51 percent). From beyond the arc the ‘Cats were 13-26 (50 percent). NMU attempted 22 free throws and made 14 (63.6 percent). The home team won the battle along the boards by a 36-34 count.
NMU will stay on the road for its next two games against Grand Valley State (Feb. 12) and Ferris State (Feb. 14).
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