MARQUETTE, Mich. – Piecing together one of its best all-around shooting performances of the season, the Northern Michigan men’s basketball team defeated Tiffin University 83-75 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup on Thursday (Dec. 8) at the Berry Events Center.
With the win, NMU improves to 3-4 on the season and 1-1 in the GLIAC, while Tiffin falls to 4-5 and 0-3 in the GLIAC.
The Wildcats opened the contest with a 13-6 lead at the 15:53 mark off of a jumper from senior center Jared Benson. The Dragons took their first lead at the 10:34 mark with a layup from Travis Spahr.
NMU retook the lead for good at 20-19 with a 3-pointer from freshman guard Haki Stampley with just nine minutes left in the first half. The ‘Cats maintained their lead throughout the rest of the stanza, taking a 42-34 lead into the break.
The ‘Cats grabbed a double-digit lead for the first time at the 17:57 mark in the second half off of a pair of made free throws from junior forward TJ Cameron. NMU worked with a double-digit lead through most of the second half, never leading by less than seven points thanks to a 57.1 percent shooting performance.
The ‘Cats were led by senior center Jared Benson, with 25 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Freshman guard Haki Stampley netted a career high 19 points and was 3-5 from beyond the arc.
The Dragons were led by Karl Finley, who totaled 17 points and three rebounds.
NMU shot only 56.9 percent (29-51) from the field and 50 percent (3-6) from 3-point land.
The ‘Cats won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Dragons 47-33.
NMU returns to the court on Saturday (Dec. 10) hosting Ohio Dominican University. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.
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