ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team was looking to extend its two-game winning streak Thursday against the Grand Valley State Lakers. With the game tied 26-all at the half the Wildcats shot a decent 42.3 percent from the floor (11-26) in the second half, but the Lakers were a little bit better as they shot 54.5 percent (12-22). In the end the Lakers pulled out a 63-57 win.
NMU falls to 11-11 overall on the season and 6-11 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. GVSU improves to 16-6 and 11-6 respectively.
Raymont McElroy hit for a three-pointer about five minutes into the game to give the ‘Cats a 9-4 lead. The Lakers tied the game at nine-all before Austin Rowe gave NMU a two-point lead (11-9) at 10:51. GVSU took over the lead and would extend it to as many as eight points (19-11). NMU would end the half with a 15-6 run. Marc Renelique accounted for four points in a row for the ‘Cats to get the GVSU lead down to 24-23 with a little over a minute left in the half. Rowe tied the game with a basket with 18 seconds left in the half.
The second half saw the ‘Cats use a 15-2 run to take a 41-28 lead at the 14:46 mark. NMU canned three three-pointers in the run as Renelique made two and Rowe one. With less than 10 minutes left in the game the ‘Cats still held an eight-point lead 49-41 on an Eric Sirrine lay-up. GVSU tied the game at 55-all at 3:04 then Kyle Greene made a lay-up at 2:43 for a two-point NMU lead (57-55). GVSU would end the game with an 8-0 run.
Rowe and Renelique led the ‘Cats with 16 points each on the night. Rowe and McElroy each had five rebounds to lead the ‘Cats. Greene had three blocks while McElroy added four assists. Toreau Brown and Justin Ringler each had 17 points for the Lakers.
NMU shot 41.7 percent from the floor for the game (20-48). That included 12-27 from three-point lane (44.4 percent). Rowe and Renelique each made four three-pointers from beyond the arc. The ‘Cats made nine trips to the free throw line and sank five of the throws (55.6 percent). The Lakers went to the free throw line 25 times. GVSU outrebounded NMU by a 37-26 count.
NMU will travel up the road from GVSU to take on Ferris State Saturday (Feb. 14).
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