INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Northern Michigan men’s basketball team saw a second-half lead disappear, falling 81-76 to St. Joseph’s College (Ind.) on Friday (Nov. 25).
With the loss, the Wildcats fall to (1-2) on the season, while the Pumas improve to (2-1).
NMU grabbed the lead early in the first half from the Pumas, taking a 9-8 lead at the 15:15 mark after a Jared Benson layup.
The ‘Cats continued to build upon their lead, taking an 11 point, 26-15 lead at the 7:51 mark off of a jumper from DeAndre Taylor. The Pumas would claw their way back into the game down the stretch, tying the contest at 31-31 right before halftime.
NMU took back the lead to start the second half, leading by as many as six points in the early going, before St. Joseph’s battled back to take the lead for good, thanks in part to the ‘Cats foul troubles. Trailing by 10 points with just over four minutes to go, NMU fought back to cut the lead to single digits, but fouls kept the ‘Cats from getting any closer than four points.
Senior guard DeAndre Taylor paced the ‘Cats with19 points and nine rebounds. Taylor scored 10 of his 19 points in the second half. Senior center Jared Benson shrugged off a slow start to the season with 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
The Pumas were led by Dayvon Sloan with 18 points.
NMU shot 40.6 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from beyond the arc.
The ‘Cats won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the Pumas 46-32 and had five team steals.
NMU is back in action at 3:30 p.m., Saturday (Nov. 26) against host Indianapolis University.
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