DETROIT, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team took on a familiar foe Tuesday night. NMU played Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member Wayne State University in a non-conference game. It took 50 minutes for the Warriors to down the Wildcats 76-71 in double-overtime.
NMU is still looking for its first win of the season after two games (0-2). WSU picked up its first win of the season in four tries (1-3).
The ‘Cats trailed by seven after the first 20 minutes of play (28-21). At one point in the second half the Warriors had an eight-point advantage. NMU had the lead several times in the second half and were up by three points when Chris Warner made a lay-up with 1:25 left in regulation. The Warriors connected on a three-pointer with about a minute left to tie the game at 54-all. Regulation would end that way.
Will Washington sank a three-pointer in the first overtime to give the ‘Cats a 60-57 lead with a little over a minute left. With NMU up by one point (60-59) and 20 seconds left in the first overtime, Steve Kaiser made his first free throw before missing his second to give the ‘Cats a two-point advantage (61-59). WSU grabbed the rebound, moved down court, missed a jumper, and got the offensive rebound for a lay-up and another tie score at 61. To the second overtime we go.
After a three-pointer by WSU, Kaiser made a lay-up to cut the Warriors lead to one (64-63) just seconds into the second overtime. WSU sank four three-pointers to take control of the game 73-69 with a little over a minute left. Twelve of WSU’s 15 points in the second overtime came from three-point land. Jake Suardini made a lay-up with 17 seconds left for the final score of the game.
NMU shot 34.7 percent from the floor for the game on 25-72. The ‘Cats made five three-pointers in the game in 25 attempts (20 percent). On the other hand the home team shot 42.3 percent from the three-point line (11-26). From the free throw line the ‘Cats were 16-26 for 61.5 percent. The battle on the boards was almost even as NMU came out on top by one (48-47).
Washington led the ‘Cats with 16 points. John Lane getting a start tonight responded with 11 points. Tyler Kazmierkoski led the ‘Cats with 11 rebounds. Kris Krzyminski of WSU led all scorers with 25 points.
The ‘Cats will not have much time to rest as they are at the UM-Duluth Tournament over the weekend. Friday (Nov.24) NMU will play the host school while on Saturday (Nov. 25) the ‘Cats take on MSU-Mankato.
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