MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan men’s basketball team played the final game of its five-game home stand Sunday afternoon from the Berry Events Center. NMU had four players in double figures but Darien Gay led Ferris State to a 73-63 victory to hand the ‘Cats their second loss in a row.
Darien Gay was hot all afternoon for the Bulldogs, scoring 28 points on 9 -for- 12 shooting. Preseason Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the year and all-American Justin Keenan was held to only 13 points after averaging 20.9 on the season.
After eight ties and seven lead changes in the first half, Ferris used a 10-3 run in the middle of the second half to take 10 point lead and never gave up the lead. NMU moves to 5-5 on the season and has yet to win a conference game, moving to 0-3 in the GLIAC. Ferris is 7-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
A dunk by Mylan Murphy at 10:06 brought the ‘Cats to within seven and the NMU got to seven again with a minute and a half to go but Ferris added a free throw and a Keenan bucket to win by 10.
The Bulldog and ‘Cats battled back and forth throughout the first half and Ferris led 36-33 at the half. Darien Gay hit 3 -for- 3 from the three point line in the first half to lead the Bulldogs with 14 and Justin Keenan had 11 points.
Matthew Craggs led the ‘Cats with 11 at the half and finished tied with a team high with 14. Jared Benson scored 14 and has scored in double figures in all 10 of NMU’s games this season.
DeAndre Taylor had 12 and Matt Everson added 10 for the ‘Cats.
NMU shot 44 percent to the Bulldogs 43 and also had fewer turnovers but Gay was too spectacular, scoring 14 points in each half.
NMU will look to pick up its first GLAC win after Christmas break. The ‘Cats travel to Ohio to take on new GLIAC member Ohio Dominican on Dec. 30 and Tiffin Jan. 2.
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