MARQUETTE , Mich. ?? The Northern Michigan University men's basketball team hosted its first game of the season from the Berry Events Center on Monday (Nov. 18) evening. The Wildcats defeated Grace Bible College, 90-72, in a non-conference matchup to improve to 2-1 on the season.
NMU led from out of the gates, jumping out to a 5-0 lead to start the game. A jumper by junior forward Justin Newell and a three-pointer by freshman guard Marcus Hall gave the Wildcats the early advantage. Midway through the half, NMU led, 26-10, its largest lead of the half. The lead came after a shot from beyond the arc by junior guard Larry Taylor and a layup by Newell. The green and gold went into the break with the 36-28 advantage.
In the second half, Grace Bible was able to get within six points of NMU in the opening four minutes. However, the Wildcats regained their momentum after a series of free throws by Newell to give NMU a 49-38 led with 13 minutes remaining. The Wildcats continued to lead in double digits for the remainder of the game, including a 10-0 run in the half that resulted in a 20 point (66-46) lead with 8:57 left on the clock.
Newell led NMU with 24 points on eight two-pointers, one three-pointer and was 5-for-9 at the free throw line. Hall entered the scoring column with 21 and sophomore guard Terry Nash added 16. The Wildcats shot 29-for-51 (56.9 percent) from the floor and were 20-for-28 (71.4 percent) from the free throw line. Newell and Nash controlled the boards with six total rebounds apiece. NMU out-rebounded the Tigers, 38-32.
For Grace Bible (2-5), Brad Rosenzweig led with 15 points on three two-pointers and three shots from beyond the arc. Jared Bradford added 12 points. The Tigers shot 26-for-59 (44.1 percent) on the evening and were 12-for-19 (63.2 percent) from the free throw line. Top rebounders were Rosenzweig and Jared Bradford, each with five.
NMU continues its five game homestead on Thursday (Nov. 21) as they host Southwest Minnesota State at 7:30 p.m.