MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team makes the final road trip of the regular season as they head to Northwood University and Saginaw Valley State University this week.
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference games begin Thursday with the Wildcats visiting Northwood to take on the Timberwolves. The game is set to begin at 8 p.m. and can be followed with audio, live stats and video.
Fans can follow @NMU_Wildcats on Twitter for continued coverage throughout the weekend.
Last week: On Thursday, the Wildcats defeated Purdue University Northwest 90-74 with four players scoring double figures. The team returned to action and outscored Grand Valley State University 53-35, fueled by a 73-second span where they scored 11 points, in the second half to come back and defeat the Lakers 85-75.
Carius scores a season high: Sophomore Will Carius (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) scored 21 points, hitting 7 of 14 shots from the field, and also went six of seven from the free throw line. He followed it with his second-best game of the season Saturday. Against the Lakers, Carius hit a season-best four three-pointers on his way to scoring 18 points.
Matelski's career-high: Sophomore Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) reached a career-high in Thursday's game with Purdue Northwest. Against the Pride, he made a career-high five three-pointers, along with a jumper, to total 17 points on the game. On Saturday, he followed it with three more three-pointers and finished with 11 points.
High-scoring 'Cats: The Wildcats have scored an average of 81 points in their last six games. During this run, junior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) has scored 19.3 points and junior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) has added 17.7 points a game. Carius chips in with 12.7 points. As a team, the Wildcats have shot 46 percent from the field, and are 44 percent from behind the arc. Defensively, sophomore Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill./Marian Catholic) has posted 18 blocks, averaging three a game.
Echols makes Sportscenter's Top 10: Fans watching ESPN's Sportscenter over the weekend saw Echols in the Top 10 plays from Saturday night. Near the end of the shot clock with just under nine minutes to go in the game, Echols was knocked to the ground dribbling around a screen. From his knees, Echols shot the ball to the basket, banking it off the backboard into the basket. The play is available here.
Protecting the ball: One key to NMU's success is their few turnovers. The team is ranked third nationally for fewest turnovers this season, totaling just 209 turnovers on the season. They are averaging 10 turnovers a game, tied for ninth in all of NCAA Division II.
NMU versus Northwood: The Wildcats lead the series 48-18 and have won the last five games. In the first GLIAC game of the season, NMU scored 46 points in the first half on their way to an 82-71 victory.
NMU versus Saginaw Valley: SVSU holds a 36-30 advantage over NMU in their all-time series. The Wildcats claimed an 86-69 win over the Cardinals in December.