Northern’s comeback falls short in GLIAC men’s contest at Saginaw Valley State

UNIVERSITY CENTER – Despite placing three players in double figures scoring-wise, the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team lost to GLIAC foe and host Saginaw Valley State University on Thursday night, 57-51.

Senior forward TJ Cameron scored 13 points by hitting 4-of-4 from the free throw line for the Wildcats (5-17 overall, 4-14 GLIAC). Scooter Johnson and Matthew Craggs added 12 points apiece, while Johnson led the team in rebounds with eight.

The game was a see-saw affair, as the score was tied eight different times in the game.

With just under six minutes remaining, NMU trailed 51-44. But Craggs sank two free throws and a layup to get the Wildcats to within 51-48.

Johnson got NMU to within 53-51 with a three-point play, but a made jumper by the Cardinals and two free throws in the final minute of play sealed the victory for SVSU (10-11, 8-10).

NMU out-rebounded the Cardinals 32-30 and shot 35.8 percent (19-for-53) from the floor The Wildcats were 80 percent (12-for-15) from the charity stripe.

For SVSU, Chris Webb led all scorers with 14 points.

NMU continues its play downstate against Wayne State at 1 p.m. Saturday.