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Tiffin men vs. Northern Michigan

January 7, 2010 - Zach Baker

- At the first media timeout, we're tied at 4 (14:47). Lots of offensive boards for TU thus far.

-Thanks to some off-balace jumpers falling and some solid defense, TU leads Northern Michigan, 14-12 with 9:08 left in the half. TU did lead 12-4, but the Wildcats hit a pair of 3's to get closer.

-With 4:55 left in the half, the Dragons are tied with Northern Michigan at 19. TU is getting a strong effort on the offensive glass, with Keenan Barlow having scored a board-and-bucket on the last possession.

-Northern Michigan leads, 28-26. TU's offensive boards are keeping it close, as are nine points from DeAngelo Jordan. (1:13)

-It's a funny thing. We've reached halftime, Northern Michigan leads, 30-26. TU has to have the edge on the offensive glass, yet for much of the first half, it seemed content to settle for outside shot, rather than try to utilize its edge up front.

Raymont McElroy has made three 3's, and leads the Wildcats with 13 points.

Officially, Tiffin leads the rebounding 24-13. 12 of those boards have been offensive, TU has made 11 of 33 shots, NMU 11 of 23. Offensive boards aren't worth much without follow up points.

With 13:44 left in the game, each team has scored 10 in the second half, making it 40-36. Tiffin had a 36-34 lead on a pair of free throws by Mohammed Fall, but Dragons haven't scored since. TU had eight turnovers at the half, and I think it has added a few to that total already in the second half.

-When we last left you, the Wildcats had scored six straight points. In the four minutes that have followed, Tiffin's offense and defense have fallen apart. The defense is allowing easy baskets and the offense keeps turning the ball over. It's 52-39 Northern Michigan, with 9:24 left.

-At the 5:05 mark, it's 56-46 Northern Michigan. TU's defense is playing well again, but the Dragons haven't received enough consistent offense to win.

-Just heard NMU coach Dean Ellis tell his players to "slow the game down." Makes sense, though it's tempting to push when a player sees the holes in a pressure defense. After a  Austin Rowe free throw (he has 17 points) it's 57-46. ).

It's back to a 10-point difference, with 3:47 left.


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