Wildcat Men's Basketball Dismantles Northwood, 100-79

Wildcat Men's Basketball Dismantles Northwood, 100-79

MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Northern Michigan men's basketball team dismantled Northwood, 100-79, on Saturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center.

Naba Echols had a season-high 26 points, and fellow starters Jordan Perez (23), Isaiah Johnson (21) and Marcus Matelski (13) scored in the double digits as well.

The Wildcats held a slim 10-point lead at the end of the first half, at 52-42. Northwood was the first to score with a layup 15 seconds into the game, but Northern Michigan responded with a jump shot and a layup to grab the lead, which it would hold onto for the remainder of the game.

The Wildcats didn't slow down in the second half, using a 7-0 run to take a 68-52 lead with 13:37 left on the clock. Halfway through the second, they had extended it to a 72-57 lead.

Northern Michigan had most of the scoring opportunities in the last three minutes of play, netting eight free-throw points. Seven of those were credited to Echols.

Only 34 seconds of play remained when Sam Taylor drained a three-point jump shot, securing the Wildcats' first 100-point game since Nov. 17, 2012. In that game, they toppled Finlandia, 129-52.

Northwood's Matt Crowl had 32 points, 17 more than his next closest teammate.

Northern Michigan shot 59.3 percent from the floor, 54.5 from three and 77.4 from the free-throw line. The Wildcats scored nine points off fast-break plays and 12 off of turnovers.

Echols led all players with six assists. Brett Branstrom had a game-high eight rebounds and tied Myles Howard for the game-lead with three blocks.

With the win, Northern Michigan is now 6-10 (4-7 GLIAC). The Wildcats continue their home stand next week, hosting Ferris State (Jan. 26, 8 p.m.) and Grand Valley State (Jan. 28, 3 p.m.)