MARQUETTE, Mich. –Paced by four players in the double-digit scoring column, the Northern Michigan men’s basketball team held on for a 75-64 win over Northland International University in non-conference action at the Berry Events Center tonight (Jan. 9).
With the win, NMU improves to 6-7 on the season and finish the non-conference portion of its schedule at 4-3. NIU falls to 6-7 on the season and is now 0-14 against the Wildcats all-time.
NMU jumped out to an early 14-2 lead at the 16:09 mark of the first half with a power dunk from senior guard DeAndre Taylor. The ‘Cats maintained their double-digit lead throughout most of the first stanza before the Pioneers went on a 7-0 run to cut the NMU lead to just six points before the break.
The Pioneers came out of the break building on the momentum established at the end of the first half by trimming the ‘Cats lead to just three points with a pair of made free throws from Zach Mercado at the 17:35 mark. NMU would go on a run of its own, preventing NIU from getting any closer than seven points down the stretch, thanks in part to the streaky shooting of Taylor. The senior scored 12 of his team leading 20 points in the second half.
The ‘Cats outscored the Pioneers 35-30 in the second half.
The ‘Cats were led by senior guard DeAndre Taylor, who scored 20 points and brought down nine boards. Junior forward TJ Cameron also scored a career-high 15 points, three assists and two steals.
The Pioneers were paced Seth Quirey, who netted a game-high 22 points and six rebounds.
NMU shot 46.3 percent (25-54) from the field and only 21.1 percent (4-19) from beyond the arc.
The ‘Cats won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Pioneers 43-30. NMU also turned 14 NIU turnovers into 20 points.
NMU returns to the court on Thursday, Jan. 12 when it travels to Saginaw Valley State. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.
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