MARQUETTE, Mich. – Despite staying even throughout three quarters of the game, the Northern Michigan men's basketball team fell 70-64 to rival Michigan Tech on Thursday (Jan. 5) at the Berry Events Center.
With the loss, NMU falls to 5-7 on the season and 2-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, while MTU improves to 7-6 and 5-1 in the GLIAC. The Wildcats have now dropped three straight in conference play and were swept by Michigan Tech in the regular season series.
NMU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead at the 18:48 mark of the first half with a layup from senior center Jared Benson. From there, MTU went on a 13-0 run in the span of five minutes to take the lead for good in the first half. The Huskies went into the half up by two, 29-27.
MTU took command of the game for good at the 6:01 mark of the second half from a three-pointer from Alex Culy to take a 51-48 lead. From then on, foul trouble caught up to the 'Cats, as MTU sent its best free throw shooter Ali Haidar to the line, where he sank 15 of 16 shots.
The Huskies outscored the 'Cats 41-37 in the second half.
The 'Cats were led by freshman guard Haki Stampley with 20 points, despite just shooting 6-23 from the field. Senior guard DeAndre Taylor netted 14 points and five boards on 6-11 from the field. Taylor scored 12 of his 14 points
The Huskies were paced by Ali Haidar with 27 points and 13 rebounds on 15-16 from the free throw line.
NMU shot 40.0 percent (24-60) from the field and only 20.0 percent (3-15) from three point land.
The 'Cats won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Huskies 37-36.
NMU returns to the court on Monday, Jan. 9, hosting Northland International University. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.