BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – Thursday night at Ferris State University the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team held a six-point lead more than eight minutes into the game, but trailed after the first 20 minutes of play (43-39) and dropped the game to the Bulldogs (82-75). The loss was the sixth in a row for the Wildcats.
NMU drops to 7-10 overall on the season and 4-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Bulldogs improve to 11-7 and 9-4 respectively.
NMU’s biggest lead of the first half was when Marc Renelique drilled a three-pointer at 13:05 for a 13-6 score. Renelique made another three-pointer about two minutes later for a 16-10 game. With the ‘Cats trailing by three points, Renelique tied the game at 22-all with another three-pointer (8:51). Chris Warner added a jumper the next trip down the court for a two-point NMU lead (24-22). With 6:10 left in the half Mylan Murphy tied the game at 30-all with a jumper of his own. Murphy followed that up with a dunk before Warner’s lay-up which gave NMU a four-point lead (34-30). After a three-point spurt by the Bulldogs, Murphy’s lay-up gave the ‘Cats a 36-33 lead with about four minutes left. Ferris tied the game at 38-all with two minutes left in the half and ended the first 20 minutes of play with a 5-1 run.
Renelique’s three-point play about a minute into the second half cut the Bulldog lead to 46-44. His three-pointer 27 seconds later gave NMU the 47-46 lead. Ferris used a 7-0 run over the next three minutes or so for a 53-47 lead. Eric Hawley’s lay-up cut into the Ferris lead (57-54) with 12:26 left in regulation. Murphy’s lay-up with 10 plus minutes left in the game had the ‘Cats to within three points (61-58). Warner’s two free throws at 6:32 had the ‘Cats down by five points (67-62). Raymont McElroy went to the free throw line at 1:27 and sank both of his throws for a 77-72 game. Sebastien Salois hit from the three-point line for NMU’s final score with 22 seconds showing on the clock.
Renelique led all scorers with a career-high 35 points. Murphy ended the game with 13 points and seven rebounds. Warner chipped in with 11 points. McElroy dished the rock five times. Justin Keenan led the Bulldogs with 26 points.
For the game the ‘Cats were 24-52 from the floor (46.2 percent). Renelique sank six of NMU’s seven three-pointers on the night as the ‘Cats recorded 19 attempts (36.8 percent). From the charity stripe the ‘Cats were 20-28 (71.4 percent). Rebounds were in favor of the home team Bulldogs (32-27).
NMU wraps up its four-game road swing Saturday (Jan. 30) with a game at Grand Valley State.
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