HOUGHTON, Mich. – An impressive second half shooting performance by the Michigan Tech men’s basketball team overpowered Northern Michigan, as the Wildcats fell 77-54 on Saturday (Dec. 3) in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
NMU falls to 2-4 on the season and 0-1 in the GLIAC, while MTU improves to 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the GLIAC.
The Huskies opened the contest on a roll, up 14-3 by the 14:48 mark of the first half. NMU was able to cut the lead to six points with 3-pointer from freshman forward Haki Stampley just over a minute later.
That would be as close the ‘Cats would get the remainder of the game as the Huskies regained a double-digit lead for good in the first half at the 9:31 mark and went into halftime leading 35-21.
Despite shooting 58.3 percent (14-24) from the floor in the second half, the ‘Cats were unable to cut into the Huskies large lead, as MTU answered NMU by shooting 61.5 percent (16-26) in the second stanza.
The ‘Cats were paced by freshman forward Haki Stampley, who tied a career high with 18 points and three rebounds. Senior guard DeAndre Taylor continued his strong start to the season, adding 17 points and eight boards.
The Huskies were led by Ali Haidar with 30 points and 15 rebounds.
NMU shoot 43.1 percent (22-51) from the field and 41.2 percent (7-17) from beyond the arc.
MTU won the battle of the boards, outrebounding NMU 38-22 and forced 14 turnovers on eight steals.
NMU returns home to the Berry Events Center next Thursday (Dec. 8) hosting Tiffin University. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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