MARQUETTE, Mich. – In almost a mirror image of the women’s game before it, the Northern Michigan men’s basketball team saw its big first half lead disintegrate, falling 69-55 to Ferris State on Saturday (Jan. 21) at the Berry Events Center.
With the loss, NMU falls to 8-9 on the season and 4-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The loss snaps a two-game conference win streak. FSU improves to 10-7 overall and 7-3 in the conference.
The Wildcats jumped out to a big 24-8 lead by the 8:00 minute mark of the first half with pair of free throws from freshman guard Haki Stampley. NMU would go on to stretch its lead to 17 with a three-pointer from freshman forward TJ Cameron with 4:11 left on the clock. The ‘Cats shot 53.3 percent (16-30) from the floor in the first half and took a 12 point 37-25 lead into the break.
The second half was a different story for NMU as managed to connect on only 20.0 percent (4-20) from the floor and sinking 10-18 from the charity stripe. FSU started the second half with determination and managed to capture its first lead of the contest at the 10:42 mark with a three from Dietrich Lever. The Bulldogs never looked back from their and despite foul trouble throughout the second half, kept the ‘Cats at bay.
The ‘Cats were led in scoring by senior center Jared Benson, who scored 18 points and tied a career-high with five blocks. Stampley also netted 16 points, all coming in the first half.
The Bulldogs were led by Drew Lehman, who came off the bench to score 23 points.
NMU shot 40.0 percent (20-50) from the field and 27.3 percent (3-11) from three-point land.
The Bulldogs outrebounded the ‘Cats 36-32.
NMU hits the road next week, traveling to Hillsdale (Jan. 26) and Northwood (Jan. 28).
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