MARQUETTE, Mich. – Despite a strong first half showing, the Northern Michigan men’s basketball team fell to visiting Wayne State 72-55, Thursday (Feb. 2) at the Berry Events Center.
With the loss, NMU falls to 8-12 on the season and 4-9 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Wildcats have now dropped four straight in conference play. WSU improves to 13-7 on the season and 10-4 in the GLIAC.
NMU started the game on the right foot by staying pace with the shorthanded Warriors. The ‘Cats held a 28-25 lead with a pair of free throws from junior forward TJ Cameron with 5:24 to go in the first stanza. The Warriors quickly flipped the switch and went on a 7-0 run to regain the lead. WSU’s Stacey Waters sank a deep three-ball as time expired to lead the Warriors into the half up 41-31.
The ‘Cats struggled out of the gate to start the second half as the Warriors quickly raced away from NMU. The ‘Cats managed only one point during the first seven-plus minutes of the second stanza, as the Warriors stepped up their defensive front, grabbing 12 defensive rebounds and feeding off their strong bench performance.
Senior guard DeAndre Taylor attempted to bring the ‘Cats back in the game, scoring 13 of his team-high 21 points in the second half as NMU’s shooting went cold in the late stages.
NMU was led by Taylor, who scored a season-high 21 points and netted his third double-double of the year with 10 boards. Freshman guard Quinten Calloway tied his career-high with 12 points in his first start since Nov. 28 at UM-Dearborn. Cameron also netted 11 points, as the ‘Cats placed three in double-figures.
The Warriors were led by Ike Udanoh with 19 points and seven rebounds. WSU placed four players in double figures.
NMU shot only 36.0 percent (18-for-50) from the field and 20.0 percent (4-for-20) from three-point land.
The Warriors held the edge on the glass at 30-28 and a 24-2 advantage off the bench.
NMU is back at home this Saturday (Feb. 4) at the Berry Events Center when it hosts Findlay. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.
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