Ã‚‘Cats Lose Conference Opener to Rival Michigan Tech
MARQUETTE, Mich.—The Northern Michigan men’s basketball team lost their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener against Michigan Technological University Saturday morning 109-84. NMU struggled throughout the day shooting only 42 percent from the field oppose to MTU’s 66 percent. The Huskies led by as many as 30 early in second half of play.
MTU took control of the game from the opening tip-off. The Huskies were 10-14 (71.4) from beyond the arch in the first half. Alex Culy and Jordan Reetz each scored 15 points for the visiting team. All of Culy’s points came from downtown as he was a perfect five-of- five from three-point land. The huskies played tight defense all afternoon as NMU shot just 25 percent (7-28) in the opening half.
Jared Benson led the ‘Cats in first half with eight points who found themselves down at the half 28-54. The ‘Cats also were off from three point territory as they shot only nine percent (1-11) in the half. Raymont McElroy chipped in with seven first half points off the bench. NMU shot 81 percent (13-16) from the foul line early on with Benson making all four of his attempts.
NMU came out strong in the second half trimming the lead down to 16 (66-80) with 10:15 remaining. The Huskies were too much for NMU as they hit the century mark with 3:47 left to play on an Ali Haidar free throw.
Culy finished with a season and game- high 24 points to pace the Huskies who had four others score in double figures. Haidar finished with 21 and Austin Armga recorded 20. Reetz finished with 15 for the day while Mike Hojnacki chipped in with 14. Culy also dished out eight assists for the morning.
Benson and McElroy each finished with 16 points a piece and McElroy dished out eight assists. Martin Gross came off the bench and netted 10 points. NMU is now 3-3 on the season and 0-1 in the GLIAC.
Next up for NMU is a date with Northland College at home on Friday December 10. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
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