HOUGHTON, Mich. – Clinging to a two-point lead at the half (31-29) the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team shot 55 percent from the floor in the second half (11-20) to claim a 66-55 win over the Michigan Tech Huskies Saturday afternoon. MTU took the game in Marquette in the team’s first matchup this season with a 79-66 victory.
The win improves the Wildcats record to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). MTU falls to 2-9 and 1-5 respectively.
NMU took its first lead of the game 2-0 when Jared Benson scored the first basket of the game. The Huskies held the lead until the 15 minute mark when Austin Rowe tied the game at nine-all with a lay-up. The Huskies would hold the lead and had it up to six points (20-14) with under 10 minutes left in the half. Benson tied the game at 23-all with a lay-up at 5:40. NMU and MTU traded three-point baskets next as Raymont McElroy tied the game at 26-all at 3:18 with his three-ball. Benson who started the game by giving NMU the early lead ended the half with the final basket for NMU’s second lead of the game (31-29).
The second half saw the ‘Cats built the lead up to 11 points after Austin Rowe’s jumper with 12:17 left in the game (46-35). MU cut the lead to three points (46-43) with under eight minutes left in the game. NMU answered with McElroy scoring eight of the next nine points for a 55-43 game (4:31). Sebastien Salois came off the bench to spark the ‘Cats with a three-pointer for a double-digit lead (58-46) with 3:48 left on the clock. NMU controlled the game the rest of the way to pick up the win.
McElroy led all scorers with 23 points. Benson ended the game with 14 points as Rowe added 12. Chris Warner led the ‘Cats with nine rebounds. Don Fowler led the Huskies with 14 points.
NMU was 24-51 from the floor for the game (47.1 percent). That included 7-17 from beyond the arc (41.2 percent). McElroy led the ‘Cats with three three-pointers while Benson added two. From the free throw line the team was 11-7 (64.7 percent).
NMU hits the road with games at Tiffin (Jan. 7) and Ashland (Jan. 9) this coming week.
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