Wildcat Men's Basketball Falls to Unbeaten Walsh in GLIAC Opener

Wildcat Men's Basketball Falls to Unbeaten Walsh in GLIAC Opener

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.

Taylor (16), Perez (15), Isaiah Johnson (14) and Naba Echols (12) scored in the double digits for the Wildcats.

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.