DETROIT, Mich. – Shooting did not help the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team Thursday night at Wayne State University. The Wildcats were down 28-21 at the half and ended the game on the short end of 65-48 score.
NMU falls to 3-4 overall on the season and 1-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). WSU improves to 5-3 and 3-1 respectively.
After the first seven minutes of play the ‘Cats held an 8-4 lead thanks to a lay-up by Raymont McElroy. WSU tied the game at eight-all (11:01) before the ‘Cats got two free throws from Marc Renelique and a lay-up from Mylan Murphy for a 12-8 lead (10:17). After Sebastien Salois came off the bench to drain a three-pointer the ‘Cats were up 17-13 (7:37) and that was followed by a Murphy lay-up for a 19-13 score (6:04). WSU ended the half with a 15-2 run (28-21).
The second half saw the Warriors expand its lead to double-digits about four minutes into the half (32-21). WSU kept the lead the reminder of the half as the ‘Cats got as close 11 points at 13:50 after a jumper by Renelique. NMU also had it down to 11 at 41-30 on a three-pointer by Jared Benson (12:15). NMU could not get as close as 13 points the rest of the way.
Murphy and Renelique led the ‘Cats with 12 points each. Bryan Wright had a game-high 20 points for the Warriors. Benson led the ‘Cats off the glass with seven rebounds.
NMU for the game was 20-57 from the floor (35.1 percent). From beyond the arc the ‘Cats were 2-17 (11.8 percent). NMU only made seven trips to the free throw line and converted six of the throws (85.7 percent). NMU did win the team battle for rebounds at 38-36.
NMU travels up the road to take on the Timberwolves of Northwood University Saturday (Dec. 19).
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