MARQUETTE, Mich. – Four of the five starters were in double-figures in the scoring column as the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team won its opening Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game of the season. NMU held a 41-26 lead after 20 minutes of play against the Northwood Timberwolves and after 40 minutes of play ended the game with a 75-58 win.
The Wildcats improve to 3-1 overall on the season and 1-0 in GLIAC play. Northwood falls to 2-1 and 0-1 respectively.
With NMU trailing 10-9 about four minutes into the game, Austin Rowe gave the ‘Cats a 12-10 lead with a three-pointer. The ‘Cats would not give up the lead the rest of the game. Marc Renelique made the score 17-10 at 13:16 with a jumper. Eric Hawley gave NMU a lead over 10 points with a lay-up at 10:40 (24-13). Raymont McElroy made a jumper at 6:31 for a 32-17 game. McElroy gave NMU its largest lead of the half 38-22 when he with about three minutes left in the half.
The second half saw the ‘Cats hold a double-digit lead against the Timberwolves. After Chris Warner made both of his free throws at 14:14 the ‘Cats enjoyed a 54-36 cushion. Northwood made a mini run and had the game down to a 58-46 score with 8:50 left. NMU went on a 9-1 burst for a 67-47 lead with a little more than five minutes left in the game. Mylan Murphy’s dunk and Renelique’s three-pointer were the highlights of the run. NMU used the final minutes of the game to preserve the win.
Warner poured in a game-high 18 points. Renelique and McElroy each added 15 points while Jared Benson had 11. McElroy also added 10 assists. Dorian Pierce led the Timberwolves with 17 points. Murphy led the ‘Cats off the glass with seven rebounds.
NMU shot 50 percent for the game from the floor (25-50). The ‘Cats were 5-13 from beyond the arc (38.5 percent). NMU attempted 26 throws at the charity stripe and made 20 (76.9 percent). The ‘Cats had outrebounded the Timberwolves 39-28.
NMU is back in action at the Berry Events Center Saturday afternoon (Dec. 5 at 1 p.m.) against Wayne State.
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