INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Northern Michigan men’s basketball team dropped its third straight contest, falling 80-64 to the University of Indianapolis on Saturday (Nov. 26) at the Angus Nicoson Basketball Classic.
With the loss, the Wildcats fall to (1-3) on the season, while the Greyhounds improve to (4-1).
NMU and Indianapolis played closely contested ball for much of the first half, with the ‘Cats staying within striking distance until the 5:17 mark when the Greyhounds jumped out to an 11-point, 32-21 lead.
From then on, Indianapolis worked with a double-digit lead throughout the remainder of the first half, taking a 44-30 lead into the half.
The second half saw the Greyhounds extend their lead to 17 points at 51-34 at the 16:09 mark before the ‘Cats went on a run of their own. NMU was able to cut the lead to single digits with a three-pointer from freshman forward Haki Stampley at 9:35. The ‘Cats could get no closer than six points, as the Greyhounds would take advantage of the ‘Cats shooting woes and close out the game with a double-digit lead.
Senior center Jared Benson came off of the bench and led the ‘Cats in scoring, netting 11 points, four rebounds and two blocks. Senior guard DeAndre Taylor also chipped in 10 points and seven boards.
The Greyhounds were led by Adrian Moss, who had a career high 32 points and was a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line.
NMU shot 43.4 percent from the field (23-53) and 36.8 percent (7-19) from three point land. The ‘Cats also had 29 points from their bench, including nine points from junior forward TJ Cameron.
NMU and Indianapolis tied with 31 rebounds apiece, with both teams grabbing 11 defensive and 20 offensive boards.
NMU will look to regroup next weekend when they face rival Michigan Tech at 3 p.m., Saturday (Dec. 3) in Houghton to start Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
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