MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University head men's basketball coach Bill Sall was not pleased with his team's 61-50 GLIAC loss to visiting Saginaw Valley State on Thursday night.
"You know, over the course of the year, I thought we played pretty hard and competed pretty well and tonight, we just didn't," he said. "There are only so many things we can do, but one thing we can do is play harder."
Junior forward Justin Newell was the only player to score in double figures for the Wildcats (4-18, 3-15 GLIAC). He notched 14 points.
C.J. Turnage poured in 27 points for SVSU (9-12, 5-12).
NMU took its largest lead of the game with 4:05 left in the first half when junior guard Ethan Blackwell laid the ball in to put the Wildcats up 25-20.
A layup by Turnage with 40 seconds remaining in the first half gave the Cardinals a 27-25 lead at intermission.
SVSU outrebounded NMU 36-23 and outscored the Wildcats 32-26 in the paint.
The Wildcats shot 39.6 percent from the floor (21 of 53) and 31.3 percent from 3-point range (5 of 16); SVSU went 22 of 45 (48.9 percent) and 3 of 12 (25.0 percent), respectively.
The Wildcats return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday by hosting Wayne State at the Berry Events Center.