BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – Raymont McElroy’s career high 22 points was not enough Saturday afternoon as the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team dropped the second game of the road swing with a 73-63 decision to Ferris State University.
NMU is currently 11-12 on the season and 6-12 in the Great lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Bulldogs improve to 12-11 and 10-8 respectively.
Ferris controlled the first five plus minutes of the game. NMU did take the lead when Mark D’Agostino hit for a three-pointer at 14:42. The Wildcats tied the game at 12-all on a Chris Warner jumper (12:47). Ferris would lead the remainder of the half. The Bulldogs went on a 10-4 run to extend its lead. Ferris quickly had a 10-point plus lead then McElroy hit from beyond the arc to cut the lead to nine points (29-20) at 6:12. With a little over three minutes left before the intermission Warner hit another jumper for a 33-24 game.
Ferris began the second half with a 10-4 run over a span of about four minutes for a 47-28 lead. NMU did cut into the Bulldog lead and had it to within nine points (57-48) on a Marc Renelique jumper with 8:51 left in the game. Ferris answered the ‘Cat charge and built a 67-50 lead with 5:53 showing on the clock. Warner’s three-pointer at 2:39 had the Ferris lead down to 10 points (67-57). Sebastien Salois made a lay-up with eight ticks left in the game for a 71-63 score. The Bulldogs scored their final two points from the free throw line.
Renelique off the bench had 14 points. Warner ended the game with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Keenan led the Bulldogs with 28 points. McElroy added a career-high seven assists.
For the game the ‘Cats were 23-58 from the floor (39.7 percent). McElroy led the ‘Cats from the three-point line by going 3-4 and as a team NMU was 8-27 (29.6 percent). NMU was 9-12 from the free throw line (75 percent). The ‘Cats were outrebounded by a 36-28 margin.
The ‘Cats will play its two final regular season home games this coming week. First up is a clash with Hillsdale Thursday (Feb. 19) and then Findlay Saturday (Feb. 21).
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