MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team snapped its three-game skid Thursday night at the Berry Events Center. NMU outscored the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals 43-38 in the second half to pick up the 74-71 win.
With the win the Wildcats improve to 11-14 overall on the season and 8-13 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Saginaw Valley State falls to 15-11 and 12-9 respectively.
NMU tied up the game at 10-all on a three-pointer from Sebastien Salois about six minutes into the game. About two minutes later Raymont McElroy hit a three-pointer of his own for a 20-13 Saginaw Valley State lead. With 4:29 left in the half, McElroy sank another three-pointer as the ‘Cats were within five points (26-21). Marc Renelique scored six points of his own over a two minute span to give NMU a one-point lead (29-28) with less than two minutes left in the half. The Cardinals hit a three-pointer at the buzzer for a 33-31 halftime lead.
A dunk by Jared Benson and a lay-up by McElroy gave NMU the lead just seconds into the second half (35-33). Over the next five minutes it was a back and forth game before NMU took a three-point lead (45-42) on a three-pointer from McElroy (15:23). Benson’s two made free throws gave NMU a four-point cushion (48-44) at 12:13. Renelique scored eight points on his own to give NMU the 62-56 lead with six minutes left in the game. Saginaw Valley State tied the game at 62-all and briefly took the lead (64-62) with a little more than four minutes left in on the clock. Renelique’s three-pointer at 3:55 gave NMU the one-point lead (65-64). With 1:44 left in the game the Cardinals tied the game up once again at 67-all before Renelique hit for another three-pointer for a 70-67 game with a minute and some change left in the game. Renelique iced the game when he sank both of his free throws with eight second left in the contest.
Renelique led all scorers with 30 points. It was the fourth time Renelique has gone over the 30-point barrier this season. McElroy added 18 points for the ‘Cats. Benson led NMU off the glass with seven rebounds. Greg Foster led Saginaw Valley State with 21 points.
NMU was 25-52 from the floor for the game (48.1 percent). The ‘Cats were 11-25 from the three-point line (44 percent). Renelique was 6-8 from beyond the arc. NMU was 13-16 from the free throw line (81.3 percent) for the game. The Cardinals had the edge on rebounds with a 38-25 count.
The ‘Cats conclude the 2009-10 regular season with a game against Lake Superior State Saturday (Feb.27) at 1 p.m.
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