MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team wrapped up the 2009-10 season on a down note as they dropped an 83-79 game to the Lake Superior State Lakers Saturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center.
The loss gives the Wildcats an overall record of 11-15 and 8-14 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Lake Superior State will now play in the GLIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament with a 14-13 and 12-10 records respectively.
The Lakers jumped out to a 12-2 lead four minutes into the game. A tip-in by Jared Benson at 13:54 put the ‘Cats down by eight (15-7). Raymont McElroy’s three-pointer at 9:39 tied the game at 20-all. McElroy hit for another triple at 4:09 which gave the ‘Cats a one-point lead (30-29). For the remainder of the half it was even as the score was tied at 37-all after 20 minutes of play.
The first six minutes of the second half saw the score tied up three times. Lake Superior State held a seven-point lead (56-49) with a little over 12 minutes left in the game. A five-point swing by the ‘Cats thanks to a lay-up by Chris Warner and a three-pointer by McElroy had the count 56-54. NMU took over the lead 59-58 on a lay-up by McElroy with 9:19 left on the clock. Over the next several minutes the lead changed hands until Marc Renelique sank a three-pointer at 6:23 for a 69-66 NMU edge. He then connected for two foul shots to extend it to 71-66. With 3:17 left in regulation the ‘Cats were holding on to a 75-73 lead after three-pointer by Renelique. That would be NMU’s final lead of the game. The Lakers closed out the game by going on a 10-4 run.
McElroy and Renelique accounted for 48 of NMU’s points on the day with 25 and 23 respectively. Renelique added five assists and seven rebounds for the game. Benson added 15 points and six rebounds. Scott Perkins led the Lakers with 27 points.
NMU was 30-67 from the floor (44.8 percent) for the afternoon. Three-pointers the ‘Cats were 9-28 (32.1 percent) as Renelique led the way with five. NMU was 10-13 from the charity stripe (78.9 percent). The Lakers outrebounded the ‘Cats by three (37-34).
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