NMU men’s hoops: Wildcats lose fifth-straight

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team fell 82-65 to Malone University for its fifth consecutive loss on Saturday at the Berry Events Center in Marquette.

Malone jumped out to a 17-9 lead just over eight minutes into the game, building it to 41-23 by halftime and keeping an advantage of at least 17 points the rest of the way.

The Wildcats fell to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the GLIAC as the Pioneers are 3-2 and 1-1.

“There’s a lot of things for us to learn and keep on trying to get better at,” head coach Bill Sall said.

Sall said that while he thought NMU’s zone defense was effective, the Wildcats giving up 11 offensive rebounds he considers “unforgivable.”

Freshman Marcus Hall led the ‘Cats with 16 points, while junior Justin Newell and freshman Dorrell Foster had 12 apiece. Sophomore Brandon Havercamp recorded a team-high five rebounds.

For the Pioneers, Christian Graves had 22 points as Malone outrebounded NMU 36-28.

While some individual players have had strong games, Sall said the Wildcats are still trying to find a solid starting lineup.

“Our consistency of effort, our consistency of play, our consistency of each individual isn’t there yet and therefore we’re going to really struggle to find those pieces,” Sall said.

The ‘Cats hit the road for games against Findlay on Saturday and Hillsdale on Monday, Dec. 16.

Delaney Lovett can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252 or by email at sports@miningjournal.net.