BensonÃ‚’s Career High, Not Enough in Gary Miller Classic Championship
GANNON, Pa. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball lost in the championship game of the 27th annual Gary Miller Classic to tournament host, Gannon, 79-68. NMU shot 52 percent on the evening but had 22 turnovers which lead to 30 points for the Golden Knights.
NMU had its three-game win streak snapped and is now 3-2 on the season. Junior center, Jared Benson continued his strong play with a career-high 22 point performance. Raymont McElroy scored a season-high 17 and DeAndre Taylor continued his streak of scoring in double figures in every game of the season, chipping in with 12 points.
Gannon led by 11 at the half (33-44) and led by as many as 13 in the game. NMU went on an 11-2 run to cut the lead to one (55-54) with 12:18 to go. The Golden Knights used an 18-7 run of their own to regain control with a 13 point lead (76-63) with 2:49 to go.
Gannon, who moves to 3-0, had four players in double figures lead by Danard Crouch’s 17 and Kelvin Agee’s 15. The Golden Knights shot 44 percent and outrebounded the ‘Cats by one (30-29). The Knights also made 20 free throws compared to NMU’s nine.
NMU has a week to prepare for its second home game and its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game when U.P. rival Michigan Tech comes to the Berry Events Center on Saturday (Dec. 4). Game time is set for 11 a.m. because the GLIAC has flipped game times for the men and women and NMU hosts Western Michigan in hockey over the weekend.
NOTE: Jared Benson was named to the All-Tournament Team
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