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Late dry spell dooms Northern men’s hoops at Tiffin

December 19, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

TIFFIN, Ohio - The Northern Michigan University men's basketball team had to settle for a split in Ohio after falling 62-55 at Tiffin University on Tuesday evening.

Two days earlier, the Wildcats defeated Ohio Dominican 77-73 for their first GLIAC win this season.

On Tuesday in its final game before Christmas, Northern sophomore Kendall Johnson hit a pair of free throws with 3:23 left to tie the game 52-52. However, the Dragons went on a 10-0 run before NMU senior TJ Cameron hit a 3-pointer in the final few seconds.

The Wildcats (2-7 overall and 1-5 in the GLIAC) trailed 29-27 at halftime after the score was tied seven times and the lead changed hands six times in the first half.

Northern junior forward Matt Craggs scored a team-high 18 points, while junior forward Scooter Johnson added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jackson and freshman guard Stephen Pelkofer each scored 11 points.

The Wildcats made 42 percent (19 of 45) from the field, including nearly half their 3-pointers - 7 of 15 - and were 10 of 16 shooting free throws.

For Tiffin (4-6, 2-4), Joe Graessle scored a game-high 21 points, teammate Isaiah Twine added 14 and Cody Dennison 11. The Dragons made 36 percent (21 of 58) from the floor.

Northern returns to action with a nonconference game on Dec. 30 at Lewis University.



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