MARQUETTE, Mich. â?? The Northern Michigan University men's basketball team dropped a 64-41 home Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference matchup to Grand Valley State Thursday at the Berry Events Center.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-10 on the season with a 2-7 GLIAC record. GVSU improved to 11-2 overall with a 7-2 conference mark.
Junior forward Chavis Mattison came off the bench to lead the Wildcats with 13 points, going 6-7 from the floor. Sophomore center Brandon Havercamp led NMU with seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
"It was a real tough one for us," said NMU head coach Bill Sall. "Over the course of this New Year I think we have done a nice job of making some steps forward and done some good things. Today was defiantly a step back. From the get go, we looked lethargic and GVSU looked like they were ready to go at it. They flat out beat us in every facet of the game tonight."
Grand Valley started the game on a 5-0 run and took a 38-20 lead at the break. In the first half, the Wildcats shot 8-30 (26.7 percent) from the floor, while the Lakers were 16-26 (59.3 percent).
The Lakers outrebounded NMU 38-29 in the contest and outscored the Wildcats in the paint 30-16. Trevin Alexander led four GVSU players in double-digit scoring with 12 points. Ryan Savin added 11, while Like Ryskamp and Chez Rollins had 10 for the Lakers.
NMU used 11 offensive rebounds to score 11 second chance points equaling the output from GVSU.
The Wildcats finished the game shooting 32.7-percent from the floor (18-55) and were 2-4 from the free throw line (50%). GVSU was 24-52 from the floor (46.2%) and 8-11 from the charity stripe.
The Wildcats return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday hosting Ferris State at the Berry Events Center.