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Northern Michigan men’s basketball snaps six-game skid, picks up first GLIAC win

December 17, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Northern Michigan University men's basketball team snapped a six-game losing streak on Sunday while also picking up its first win against an NCAA Division II opponent and in GLIAC play by defeating Ohio Dominican on the road, 77-73.

Prior to Sunday, the Wildcats (2-6 overall, 1-4 in GLIAC) only win this season had been in the regular season opener against Division III Finlandia.

Junior Matthew Craggs led the 'Cats with 27 points, hitting one 3-pointer and 10 total field goals. Craggs also went 6-of-8 from the free throw line.

Three other Wildcats reached double figures in scoring with freshman Matt Iverson posting 15 points, sophomore Kendall Jackson scoring 14 and freshman Stephen Pelkofer totaling 12.

Senior TJ Cameron led NMU on the boards with 10 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Jackson and Iverson each had nine total rebounds.

The Wildcats trailed the Panthers (3-7, 0-6) throughout the first 10 minutes on Sunday, but took a 28-27 halftime lead. NMU trailed again to start the second half until going ahead at the 12-minute mark.

Northern wraps up the semester at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Tiffin in Ohio.

NMU women roll in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The NMU women's squad picked up its third-straight win to improve to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the GLIAC with a 54-46 victory at Ohio Dominican on Sunday.

Three sophomore Wildcats reached double figures, led by Lauren Gruber's game-high 15 points. Alyssa Colla had 12 points and Abbey DeBruin had 11.

NMU out-rebounded ODU 39-31 with junior Annie Rubendunst, freshman Anna Liewen and DeBruin each recording seven rebounds.

NMU and ODU (3-6, 0-6) traded leads six times in the first half and were tied on five occasions before NMU took a 25-20 lead at halftime.

NMU controlled the entire second half, leading by as many as 18 points.

The Wildcats wrap up the semester at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Tiffin in Ohio.



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