Wildcat men’s basketball team miss mark down stretch

ALLENDALE – The hoop shrunk down the stretch and it cost the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team a 43-41 GLIAC loss at Grand Valley State on Thursday evening.

Northern, which saw a modest two-game winning streak snapped, led 36-29 on a Quentin Calloway 3-pointer at the midpoint of the second half, but didn’t make another shot from the field to fall to 4-9 overall and 3-6 in the GLIAC.

Though the Wildcats did make 5 of 8 free throws in the final 10 minutes, they missed all nine of their field-goal attempts in that stretch, including a jump shot by junior forward Matthew Craggs with six seconds left that would’ve tied the score.

With 30 seconds to go, Craggs did hit two free throws to pull NMU within one, while GVSU answered with a free throw to bump its lead to two.

Craggs finished with a game-high 15 points, making 5 of 9 shots from the field and 5 of 6 at the line. Freshmen Stephen Pelkofer and Matt Iverson each scored six points, sophomore Kendall Jackson had seven rebounds and senior TJ Cameron four assists.

Northern wraps up this short road trip at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ferris State, which defeated Michigan Tech 74-66 on Thursday.