February 28, 2009
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team concluded its 2008-09 season today at Lake Superior State. The Lakers defeated the Wildcats 81-74.
NMU ends the season with a record of 11-16 overall and 6-16 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Lakers move on in the season with a 20-7 and 17-5 records respectively.
Almost two minutes into the game the Wildcats held a six-point lead over the Lakers at 8-6. Raymont McElroy scored five of the eight points and Tyler Kazmierkoski added a three-pointer. Lake Superior tied the game at eight-all before NMU used a 7-2 run for a 15-10 lead with 15:20 left in the half. McElroy hit another three-pointer in the run. Over the next five minutes the game was close until the Lakers took a nine-point lead with 9:34 showing on the clock. With about seven minutes left before half the Lakers had its lead up to 10 points (36-26). After Jared Benson sank both of his free throws the lead was cut to 39-34 with four minutes left in the half. Chris Warner’s three-pointer with 1:24 left in the half had the ‘Cats to within four (43-39). The Lakers went into the locker room leading 44-39.
The second half saw the Lakers extend its lead to double-digits about four minutes into the second 20 minutes of play (54-43). McElroy’s jumper about a minute later had the lead down to six points (55-49). With less than 10 minutes left in the game, Marc Renelique’s canned a three-pointer for a 61-60 game. Eric Hawley’s jumper at 8:10 had the game down to a score of 65-62. McElroy sank both of his free throw for a two-point lead 70-68 with a little under six minutes left in the game. The Lakers kept the lead the rest of the way for the win.
McElroy led NMU in the scoring column with 18 points. Renelique off the bench had 17 points while Warner added 14. Tim VanOudheusden for the Lakers had a team-high 18 points. Warner also added seven rebounds and four assists.
The ‘Cats were 25-57 from the floor (43.9 percent). NMU was 9-23 from the three-point line (39.1 percent). Renelique made five of the three-pointers in the game. From the stripe the ‘Cats were 15-24 (62.5 percent). The Lakers ended the game with five more rebounds than the ‘Cats (33-28).
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