MARQUETTE, Mich. — Naba Echols dropped a season-high 29 points, but C.J. Turnage sank a pair of free throws with just half of a second left on the clock to send Saginaw Valley State past the Northern Michigan men's basketball team, 63-62, Thursday night at the Berry Events Center.
With six seconds remaining in regulation, Echols drained a jump shot to give the Wildcats a 62-61 lead. The Cardinals charged back the other way, and Turnage was ultimately fouled while attempting to put back his own rebound.
In the first half, Northern Michigan raced out to a 19-6 lead by the 13:34 mark. During that run, Echols made three three-point shots, including the game's first two baskets.
Another Echols three-point shot gave the Wildcats their largest advantage of the game, at 28-12, with 8:43 on the clock. They ultimately carried a 37-28 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
By the 15:29 mark of the second half, Saginaw Valley State had narrowed the gap to one, at 39-38, after Garrett Hall made a three-point shot. Back-to-back jump shots by Jordan Perez gave Northern Michigan a 45-39 edge at the 11:50 mark.
From the 7:20 mark to the end of the game, the teams were tied three times and within one point of each other 11 times.
Northern Michigan shot 48.1 percent from the floor, 46.7 from three and 42.9 from the charity stripe. Echols went five-for-six from beyond the three-point arc.
Turnage had a double double with 27 points and 13 rebounds.
Northern Michigan, now 7-15 (5-12 GLIAC), hosts Wayne State on Saturday at 1 p.m. in its final home game of the season. Free tickets can be picked up at Art Van Furniture.