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Max Bjorklund can't avoid defeat for Northern Michigan University's Wildcat men in Northwood, 81-72 | News, Sports, Jobs

Northern Michigan University's John Kerr, left, faces a defender as they seek a rebound during an exhibition game against Bay College played at the Berry Events Center in Marquette on 28 October (Photo courtesy of NMU)


MIDLAND – Max Bjorklund scored a trio of 3s and scored 19 points, but it was not enough for the University men's basketball team Northern Michigan avoids a loss in their first GLIAC game, 81-72 at Northwood on Thursday night.

Bjorklund was 3 of 5 on 3s while leading the Wildcats (3-4) in scoring, as he also dished out four assists, had two steals, had four rebounds and even blocked one shot.

His teammate John Kerr added 12 points while having eight rebounds and two assists, while Jack Rusch added 11 points and six rebounds.

Carson Smith scored five points and gave four assists in just eight minutes of court time.

DeSean Munson led the Timberwolves (3-3) with 25 points.

After NMU's Ben Wolf scored the game's opening points with a layup in 44 seconds,

Northwood laid down several small tracks.

Bjorklund tied the score 16-16 with 9:36 remaining in the first half on a jump shot before the T’wolves went 8-0 for the next three minutes.

Trailing 35-25 at halftime, Northern cut their deficit to four points at 37-33 just over three minutes in the second half on a layup from Bjorklund.

But a 7-0 Northwood run moved the lead back to double digits.

The closest NMU came after that was six points, the first time at 75-69 with 1:05 to go on a Sam Schultz jump.

The Wildcats travel to Houghton to play Michigan Tech (3-2) at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The game is scheduled to air on WLUC-TV6 or Fox-U.P. and broadcast by radio station WUPT 100.3 FM The Point.

Information compiled by Journal Sports editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is

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