MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team hits the road to play in its second tournament of the year at the Gary Miller Classic in Gannon, Pennsylvania. The Wildcats play Daemen College on Friday (Nov. 26) and then move to either the championship game or consolation game on Saturday (Nov. 27). Friday’s game is set for 6 p.m.
NMU is 2-1 overall after defeating Spring Arbor (84-82) from the Berry Events Center on Saturday (Nov. 20). The ‘Cats also defeated Lynn University and lost to Palm Beach Atlantic in the Sailfish Classic.
Leading the ‘Cats is junior center Jared Benson, averaging 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Junior transfer DeAndre Taylor is averaging 12.3 points in his first season with the ‘Cats. Raymont McElroy is just below double digits at 9.3 per game.
Daemen College is from Amherst, New York and are 2-4 overall to start the season. The Wildcats are an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) team and have played in three tournaments to start the season, losing their last four games. Three guys are averaging double digits with Dominic Mazzocchi leading the way at 15.5 points per game. Casey Sheehan and Khori Silcott are both averaging 11.6 points per game.
Tournament host Gannon (0-0) plays Cedarville University (2-3) in Friday’s second semifinal game with the winners meeting at 8 p.m. on Saturday and the consolation game is at 6 p.m. Gannon played in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference before moving to Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Cedarville is an NAIA team from Cedarville, Ohio.
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