MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Northern Michigan men's basketball team fell to unbeaten Walsh, 97-77, in its GLIAC opener Thursday night at the Berry Events Center.
While the Wildcats scored 19 of the game's last 23 points and drained five three-point shots in the final five minutes, they couldn't overcome the now 6-0 Cavaliers.
During the first half, Northern Michigan built a 22-15 advantage, its largest of the game, with 10:25 on the clock by stringing together a 7-2 run highlighted by a Jordan Perez three-point shot and two Sam Taylor layups.
Despite that run, the first half was fairly even. The teams were tied a total of five times, with the last stalemate coming at the 1:53 mark after Zac Carter made his first free throw to even the score at 35 all.
Carter's first free throw kicked off a 9-2 run that put the Cavaliers ahead by a 44-37 margin going into the locker room.
Walsh carried the momentum from that run into the second half, scoring the first nine points to build a 53-37 advantage. By the 7:45 mark, they had extended their lead to 89-56, their largest of the game, after Carter was fouled during a three-point attempt and made all three of his free throws.
Carter (22) and Steven Carpenter (21) surpassed 20 points for the Cavaliers. Chandler Vaudrin posted game-best totals in rebounds (12) and assists (8).
With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 2-4 (0-1 GLIAC). They return to action next weekend when they take on Ohio Dominican (Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.) and Lake Erie (Dec. 10, 3 p.m.) in Ohio.