November 12, 2011

Wildcats Win Season Opener

Senior Jared Benson wins the tip.
Senior Jared Benson wins the tip.

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan men’s basketball team used a strong second-half start to upend UW-Superior 81-55 on Saturday (Nov. 12) at the Berry Events Center.

NMU (1-0) has now won its last four home openers at the Berry.

The Wildcats opened the game trading points with the Yellowjackets, before breaking free from UW-Superior and taking a 19-13 lead off of a Chris Paquin 3-pointer at the 14:36 mark of the first half. 

The Yellowjackets managed to cut the ‘Cats lead to four points with just over five minutes to play in the half before NMU’s offense broke out behind DeAndre Taylor, taking its largest lead of the half at 15 points.

NMU went into the half up 15 points, 40-25.

The ‘Cats increased their lead out of the break, taking a 24 point, 54-29 lead with just five minutes into the half.

The Yellowjackets were forced to play catch-up the entire second half, with the ‘Cats stingy defense preventing UW-Superior from getting any closer than 20 points.

NMU finished the game shooting 53.7 percent from the field and shooting 44.4 (8-18) percent from beyond the arc.

Senior guard DeAndre Taylor paced the ‘Cats with 20 points, six rebounds and four steals.  Freshman forward Haki Stampley added 18 points and two steals in his first collegiate start.

UW-Superior was led by Ben Aalfs and Bronson Byrne, who combined to score 31 of the team's 51 points, scoring 17 and 14 respectively.

The ‘Cats won the battle of the boards at 35-31, cleaning up an impressive 30 defensive rebounds.

NMU forced 18 Yellowjacket turnovers and held UW-Superior to just 35.2 percent from the field.

NMU is back in action hosting Lewis University at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday (Nov. 15) at the Berry Events Center.

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Prepared By
Joe Buczek
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