PLAINSVILLE, Ohio â?? Junior guard Ethan Blackwell led the Northern Michigan men's basketball team with a career high 22 points as the Wildcats dropped an 89-82 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference matchup at Lake Erie Saturday.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-9 overall with a 2-6 GLIAC mark. With the win, Lake Erie improves to 6-8 with a 3-5 league record.
NMU led early in the game when freshman guard Dorrell Foster sunk a pair of free throws giving the Wildcats a 22-13 advantage, their largest of the game with 12:34 remaining in the first half.
Lake Erie answered with a 10-0 run to take the lead 23-22 with 9:13 remaining in the first half. The Wildcats traded blows with the Storm but a layup by Lake Erie's Sean Howard with eight seconds remaining in the first gave them a 41-40 advantage at the break.
A three-pointer by Blackwell with 3:58 remaining in the game gave NMU a 76-75 advantage. Lake Erie answered with six straight points to take the lead, which it didn't relinquish.
"We played hard tonight we just made too many mistakes," said NMU head coach Bill Sall. "Too many mental errors and when you are on the road and you make too many mistakes you are going to be hard pressed to win."
Lake Erie edged NMU on the boards 26-25 and outscored the Wildcats 30-24 in the paint. Sophomore center Brandon Havercamp led NMU with five rebounds.
NMU shot 51.1 percent from the floor connecting on 24-47 from the field. The Storm shot 60 percent from the floor connecting on 30-50.
Riley Thomas led the Storm with 25 points.
The Wildcats return to action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 16) against Grand Valley State at the Berry Events Center.