OVERVIEW – MADONNA
SCORE: Northwood Timberwolves 87, Madonna Crusaders 82
RECORDS: Northwood (6-5), Madonna (9-5)
LOCATION: Riepma Arena – Midland, Mich.
RECAP: Northwood plays well down the stretch to earn a hard-fought 87-82 win over Madonna Monday night (December 17).
- Both teams made big runs in the opening half, starting with Madonna. The Crusaders scored 13 of the first 17 points of the game in the opening four minutes.
- Northwood bounced back, tying the game at 16-16.
- The Crusaders then put up 19 of the next 26 points to push the lead to 35-23 with less than six minutes remaining in half.
- The Timberwolves had the final run of the half, putting up 19 of the final 28 points to tie the score at 43-43.
- Madonna shot 56.7 percent (17-30) from the floor in the half while going 7-12 from 3-point range (58.3 percent).
- Northwood was also strong from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, going 18-31 overall (58.1 percent) and 5-10 from the 3-point line (50.0 percent).
- The game was tight in the second half, with the biggest lead for either team standing at seven.
- Northwood trailed 82-78 with 2:29 remaining when the Timberwolves made the final push of the contest. NU scored the final nine points of the game to earn the win.
- Northwood's defense was much better in the second half, holding Madonna to 40.7 percent from the floor (11-27).
- The Timberwolves shooting also fell back after the break, finishing the half at 42.1 percent (16-38).
- FG PERCENTAGE: Madonna .491 (28-57), Northwood .493 (34-69)
- 3-PT PERCENTAGE: Madonna .526 (10-19), Northwood .269 (7-26)
- FREE THROW PERCENTAGE: Madonna .727 (16-22), Northwood .667 (12-18)
- REBOUNDS: Madonna 31 (Four offensive), Northwood 37 (11 offensive)
- ASSISTS/TURNOVERS: Madonna 12/14, Northwood 16/8
TOP NU PERFORMERS
- Jack Ammerman: 19 points (career-high), 8-13 from the floor, three 3-pointers
- Trey McBride: 18 points, seven rebounds
- Ja'Kavien Lewis: 15 points, five assists
- David Jelinek: 10 points, seven rebounds
- The Timberwolves will return to action December 30 at Lewis. Game time is set for 4 p.m.