November 24, 2009
'Cats Cruise In Home Opener
MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team opened up the home portion of its schedule Tuesday night against the Lumberjacks of Northland College. NMU built a 37-13 lead after 20 minutes of play and cruised to an 81-42 win.
For the Wildcats it was the first win of the season as they are now 1-1. Northland falls to 1-2 on the year.
About half way through the first half the ‘Cats built a 12-5 lead. The ‘Cats went on a 17-5 run after Marc Renelique sank both of his free throws with a little more than four minutes left in the half. Eric Hawley and Austin Rowe converted jumpers at the end of the half for the ‘Cats.
The second half the ‘Cats built upon its lead. With a little less than 10 minutes left remaining in the half Renelique sank a three-pointer for a 61-31 lead. Rowe converted both of his free throws with 6:47 left in the game for a 67-36 lead.
NMU shot a sizzling 64.6 percent from the floor for the game (31-48). That included 7-12 from three-point land (58.3 percent). Renelique was 5-7 from the arc. The ‘Cats were 12-19 (63.2 percent) from the free throw line. NMU outrebounded the Lumberjacks by a 31-20 count.
Renelique and Raymont McElroy led the ‘Cats in the scoring column with 22 points each. McElroy added five rebounds, eight assists and four steals in the win. Jared Benson grabbed a game-high six rebounds. Michael Mackey led the Lumberjacks with 13 points.
NMU will be back in action Monday (Nov. 30) at the Berry Events Center against Finlandia for a 7:30 p.m. game.
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