KENOSHA, Wis.—The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team visited the University of Wisconsin Parkside for Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action Thursday night but fell to the Rangers 71-65 in overtime.
| STAT LEADERS
Senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) led the team with 21 points and grabbed five rebounds while posting four steals. Senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) posted 18 points. Redshirt freshman Troy Summers (Grayling, Mich.) put up career-highs in the effort, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) notched eight rebounds and finished with two blocks.
| GETTING STARTED
Echols got the scoring started with a three pointer. The Rangers answered with a basket but Summers added a layup followed by another Echols three to give NMU an 8-2 lead three minutes into the game. Parkside responded with five points but Summers made alayup and Johnson added a jumper after a Ranger score to make the score 12-9 at the 13:35 mark.
Echols then added a jumper, as did Johnson after a Parkside score. The Rangers added another basket but sophomore Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) made a layup to make it 18-13 with 9:18 to go in the half. The Rangers answered with a free throw but Howard made a layup, but Parkside answered.
| FINISHING THE HALF
The Rangers then added three free throws followed by a three-pointer to take a 22-20 lead at the 6:17 mark. Junior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) tied the score on the next possession. Parkside followed with two three-pointers to take a 28-22 lead with four minutes to play.
Taylor responded with a make from behind the arc and Howard made a jumper to pull NMU within 28-27 with two minutes to go in the half. Echols then gave the Wildcats a 30-28 halftime lead by hitting a three in the final seconds of the half.
| GETTING THE NEW HALF GOING
The Rangers scored first in the second half and took a 32-30 lead but Johnson made a layup to tie it again at 32-32 two minutes into the half. Parkside answered with seven-straight points to take a 39-32 lead at the 14-minute mark.
Johnson cut into the Parkside lead with a layup, and answered a Ranger score with a jumper, moving the Parkside lead to 41-36 with 11:36 to go. Fruin followed with two free throws before Taylor made a three to tie the score at 41-41 at the ten-minute mark.
| FINISHING REGULATION
Johnson gave NMU back the lead a minute later with a layup, but Parkside tied it quickly and hit a free throw to take back a 44-43 lead. On the next NMU possession, Summers made layup to give NMU a lead, but Parkside hit two free throws. Junior Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) responded quickly with a three pointer and put NMU on top again, leading 48-46 at the 6:53 mark.
Once again, the Rangers recaptured a lead, 51-48 with five minutes to play but Summers answered with a three-point play to tie the score at 51-51 with 4:47 on the clock. Summers added another free throw a minute later to give NMU a 52-51 lead with 3:29 on the clock.
Johnson then sank four free throws to give the Wildcats a 56-51 lead with 2:11 to go in regulation. The Rangers were then able to storm back and tie the game and forced overtime.
| A LITTLE MORE TIME
Parkside scored first in the overtime period and rushed out to take a 62-56 lead. Two minutes in, Echols gave NMU two free throws but Parkside added a free throw of their own. Johnson then hit a layup to make it 63-60 with 2:20 to play. However, Parkside added two more free throws to take a 65-60 lead with two minutes to go.
Echols responded with a three, but the Rangers made two free throws. Echols was able to add two free throws to make it 68-65 with 21 seconds to go. However, the Rangers were able to add two more free throws to captured a 71-65 victory.
| UP NEXT
The Wildcats fall to 11-8 on the season and are now 6-6 in the GLIAC while Parkside moves to 10-8, 8-4 in the conference. NMU will look to rebound Saturday as they visit Purdue University Northwest. Earlier in the season, the Wildcat defeated PNW 108-69 for their most points against a Division II opponent since the 1993-94 season.