TIFFIN, Ohio – Matt Everson’s game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark as Tiffin picked up its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win over the Wildcats on Sunday afternoon. Northern Michigan led by as many as 13 with 8:07 left, but couldn’t hold on as the Dragons won, 76-73, in the first game of 2011 for both teams.
Everson got a three off before the buzzer sounded after DeAndre Taylor missed a three of his own to tie the game. NMU was down by six with 17 seconds to go but Matthew Craggs made a three and Taylor made a steal to keep the ‘Cats chances alive.
NMU (6-6, 1-4 GLIAC) led by nine with four minutes to go before the Dragons closed out the game on a 15-3 run. NMU committed four turnovers in the final three minutes of play leading to six Dragon points.
NMU led 36-33 at the half after nine ties and six lead changes.
DeAndre Taylor led the ‘Cats with 21 points with 13 of them coming in the second half. Jared Benson had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Matthew Craggs scored 11 with nine of them from behind the three-point line. Joe Simon chipped in with nine.
Tiffin (3-9, 1-5 GLIAC) was led by Travis Spahr with a game-high 27. He also pulled down 13 rebounds.
NMU shot 43.9 percent and were outrebounded by the Dragons 38-43. Tiffin shot 45.7 percent from the floor. The Dragons also scored 16 points off NMU’s 19 turnovers.
The ‘Cats travel to Houghton to take on rival Michigan Tech on Thursday (Jan. 6) for the second time this season. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.
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