MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team fell to the Michigan Tech Huskies Saturday night at the Berry Events Center by a score of 79-66. Two Wildcats were in double-figures.
NMU falls to 3-3 overall on the season and 1-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). MTU improves to 2-6 and 1-2 respectively.
The Huskies took a five-point lead (8-3) about five minutes into the game as the ‘Cats found ways to cut into it to tie the game at 13-all about two minutes later after a three-pointer by Marc Renelique. NMU would go about six minutes before scoring again. Raymount McElroy ended the drought with a jumper at 7:00 (24-15). Austin Rowe’s three-pointer had the ‘Cats to within two (24-22) with about four minutes left in the half. After a couple of baskets on each side, Renelique canned a three-pointer for a 31-28 score with 43 ticks left before half. NMU trailed after 20 minutes of play 32-28.
The second half saw the ‘Cats take the lead over 38-34 on a lay-up by McElroy at 17:04. NMU held an eight-point lead 54-46 with 10:18 left in the game after a Chris Warner lay-up. MTU tied the game at 57-all with 7:12 left in the game. The Huskies quickly went on a 15-4 run over a span of about five minutes for a 72-61 lead. NMU would get as close as seven point at 1:11 on a McElroy lay-up.
Renelique had a team-high 22 points for the ‘cats as teammate McElroy added 19. McElroy also added seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Matt Esters led the Huskies with 22 points of his own. Tyler Molesworth ended the night with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds for MTU.
NMU was 23-59 from the floor for the game (39 percent). From beyond the arc the ‘Cats were 9-21 as Renelique led the ‘Cats with five three-pointers. From the charity stripe the ‘Cats were 11-20 (55 percent). MTU dominated the boards by a count of 45-28.
NMU hits the road this upcoming week with two GLIAC games at Wayne State (Dec. 17) and Northwood (Dec. 19).
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