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TU men v. Northern Michigan

February 7, 2009 - Zach Baker

Less than three minutes in, and the Dragons are trailing 8-3. TU has a problem of leaving guys wide open at the wing. It's been burned twice already because of this.

-Dragons are taking bad shots and playing bad defense. The result is a 12-0 Northern Michigan run that has made it 12-3 at the 14:44 mark. TU coach Rodney Martin has already removed his starters.

-Dean Ellis has politely instructed his team to stop taking 3-pointers. The Wildcats have missed a ton, allowing the Dragons to go on a 14-0 (you read that right) run. Brian Scott has hit a pair of treys, allowing TU to take a 17-15 lead with 7:25 left in the half.

-TU should be  leading, but have been just awful from the foul line (2 of 8). Phillip Brooks just scored and was fouled, and converted a three point play. It's 22-21 at the 3:21 mark.

It's 34-27 Northern Michigan at the half.

-With a little less than 15:00 left in the game, Dragons trail, 45-37. Every time TU climbs within striking distance, a Dragon gets too aggressive on defense, and someone ends up wide open from deep. Northern Michigan made seven 3's in the first half, and that helps to make up the difference in the game.

TU trails 55-44 with 8:32 left. The Dragons were burned by a wide-open 3-pointer by Tyler Kazmierkoski, a continuing problem. The Dragons have gotten it down to an eight point deficit and had the ball, but each time have turned it over.

- Northern Michigan is pulling away, taking a 67-50 edge with close to five minutes left. Kazmierkoski has 22 points to lead the Wildcats. Alex Strok is back in form, with 19 points for the Dragons, while Rafael Cuellar has scored 13 points.

No one will want to hear this, but the Dragons are improving. They can hold their own with these teams for a while, but they have so much youth that they get outlasted.

If the Dragons can add some depth and keep what they have, they could be tough next year. But it's nothing I haven't written before.


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