FINDLAY, Ohio – Even though the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team had three of its five starters with 10 or more points in the scoring column Saturday afternoon at The University of Findlay, it still was not enough. The Oilers took the game from the Wildcats with a score of 75-56.
The loss drops the ‘Cats overall record to 10-14 on the season and 7-13 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Findlay improves to 19-6 and 15-5 respectively.
Raymont McElroy began the game by scoring the first 11 points for NMU as the ‘Cats were up by four (11-7) about five minutes into the half. Findlay came back to take the lead before Mylan Murphy tied the game at 13-all after his two free throws hit the bottom of the net (12:27). The Oilers used an 8-0 run to take a 21-13 lead at the halfway point of the half. Murphy’s next basket was a dunk at 9:40 as the ‘Cats were trailing 21-15. After Marc Renelique’s basket at 8:44 (24-17) the ‘Cats would not score again until 6:04 on a lay-up by McElroy (29-19). A three-point play from Murphy at 4:36 cut the Findlay lead to 32-22. NMU ended the first 20 minutes of play trailing the Oilers by a score of 42-28.
The second half began with the Oilers taking control as they had the lead up to 56-39 a little over five minutes used off the clock. Eric Hawley’s jumper at 8:35 had the Oilers lead down to 10 points (62-52). With 7:47 left in regulation, Murphy’s dunk gave the ‘Cats new life at 62-54. Findlay answered with a 13-2 run to end the game.
Murphy ended the game with a career-high 15 points. McElroy also had 15 points while Jared Benson added 11. Nathan Hyde led the Oilers with 24 points. Renelique and McElroy shared team honors in the rebounding column with five each.
NMU was 23-54 from the floor for the 40 minutes of play (42.6 percent). Renelique connected for NMU’s lone three-pointer for the game (1-11, 9.1 percent). The ‘Cats were 9-11 from the free throw line (81.8 percent). Rebounds were in favor of the Oilers (38-29).
The ‘Cats have two home games this coming week to close out the 2009-10 regular season. Visiting the Berry Events Center Thursday (Feb. 25) are the Cardinals of Saginaw Valley State. Saturday (Feb. 27) the Lakers of Lake Superior State will face the ‘Cats.
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