MARQUETTE, Mich. – Despite a solid long range shooting performance and a career afternoon from freshman guard Quinten Calloway, the Northern Michigan men’s basketball team fell 85-76 to Findlay on Saturday (Feb. 4) at the Berry Events Center.
With the loss, NMU falls to 8-13 on the season and 4-10 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Wildcats have now dropped five straight in conference play. Findlay improves to 16-5 on the season and 10-4 in the GLIAC.
The two squads opened the contest trading baskets throughout the first seven minutes of play before NMU took over with a three-pointer from freshman guard Quinten Calloway to make it a 15-12‘Cat lead. NMU continued to build upon its lead thanks to some hot shooting from three-point land, as the ‘Cats converted (4-of-9) from the long range in the first half.
NMU took a 37-31 lead into the break.
Out of the half, the ‘Cats went back to the long ball, with Calloway draining a basket to increase the lead to 40-31 with just over 18 minutes to go. Just over three minutes later, sophomore forward Matthew Craggs made it a double-digit lead with a three-pointer of his own via junior forward TJ Cameron. NMU looked to be on its way to a conference victory over a sound opponent.
The Oilers however quietly began to chip away at the ‘Cats lead and took their first lead since the 13:52 mark of the first half with a basket from Rob Marsden with 6:10 left on the clock. NMU took a one-point lead just seconds later before Findlay answered back and took the lead for good.
NMU was led by Calloway, who scored a season-high 23 points on (5-of-9) shooting from beyond the arc. Senior guard DeAndre Taylor also netted 15 points and eight boards, while senior center Jared Benson inched closer to the 1,000th career point mark with 12 points.
The Oilers were paced by Greg Kahling with 19 points. Findlay placed five shooters in double-figures.
NMU shot 43.9 percent (25-for-57) from the field and 42.9 percent (9-for-21) from long range.
The ‘Cats held a 29-28 edge on the glass and converted 16 second-chance points.
NMU fell early this week on (Feb. 2) to Wayne State, 72-55.
NMU is back at home next Thursday (Feb. 9) at the Berry Events Center when it hosts Lake Superior State. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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