MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan men’s basketball team picked up a nonconference win over Division III opponent Northland College from the Berry Events Center Friday night. The Wildcats made 10 threes, going on to win, 86-47 to win game two of their five game home stand.
“We played solid tonight. My team showed signs that we’re getting better and improving.” NMU head coach Doug Lewis said. “We made open shots; shots we’re supposed to make.”
NMU used an 18-2 run in the middle of the first half as Chris Paquin hit three three-pointers and Jared Benson had 11 points on 5 -for- 9 shooting in the first half to give the ‘Cats a 43-24 lead.
NMU opened the second half with more scoring from Benson and a highlight reel alley-oop dunk by DeAndre Taylor from Matt Everson to build the lead to 22.
Northland went on a 6-2 run in the middle of the second half to cut the lead to 27 but Matt Everson slid inside for a nice layup and Benson added a pair of free throws to stop the bleeding.
“We need to pick up the defense. On a scale of one to ten, we’re probably at a two.” Lewis added.
Northland started the game with leads of 5-2 and 8-6 before NMU got hot. Chris Paquin gave the ‘Cats the lead for good when he hit his first three of the game at 15:18. Later, Benson and Martin Gross hit back to back threes to put NMU up 17.
Benson finished with career-high 24 points and continued his streak of scoring in double figures in every game this season and eight games in a row dating back to last season. He also had eight rebounds.
Everson did a good job in the point guard role with eight assists, six points and three rebounds.
DeAndre Taylor had 18 points, Mylan Murphy finished with 10, Martin Gross had 11 and Chris Paquin chipped in with nine.
The ‘Cats next game is at home against Finlandia on Tuesday (Dec. 14) from the Berry Events Center. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
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