MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball Team moved to 6-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after a 75-56 victory over Tiffin University Thursday evening.
The win is their largest victory of the season while the Wildcats continue their best GLIAC start in over 20 years.
Junior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) led the Wildcats with 26 points while senior Eddie Tornes (Muskegon, Mich./Cumberland CC) added 14. Sophomore Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill./Thornton) chipped in with 10 points and posted a career-high six assists.
Defensively, sophomore Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill./Marian Catholic) continued to make his presence known inside, finishing with three blocked shots.
Tornes started the game strong, scoring a layup on the opening tip and then hit two three-pointers to put NMU up 8-2 early. After Tiffin pulled within 8-6, Taylor hit a three followed by a Johnson basket to put the Wildcats up 13-6 at the first media timeout.
This time Tiffin narrowed the gap to 13-10, but senior Jordan Perez (Greendale, Mich.) hit a three to put NMU back up 16-10. The Dragons answered with a layup but it fueled the Wildcats, as they went on a 12-0 run over the next four minutes to go up 27-12 with 4:21 to go.
Tiffin pulled within ten, 27-17, but the hosts answered with a 10-2 run to close out the first half to take a 37-19 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Dragons would get as close as 15 points, while the Wildcats jumped ahead by as many as 27 on their way to capturing the 75-56 victory.
The 56 points are the fewest points allowed by the Wildcats this season, while their 16 assists are the second most in a game this year.
With the win, NMU improved to 9-4 on the season and 6-0 in the GLIAC, while Tiffin fell to 4-9, 0-6 in the league. The win also ties for the school's best record since 2011. The Wildcats will return to the Berry Events Center Saturday to take on Ashland University looking to continue their undefeated conference season.