MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team collected a 72-60 victory over Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference foe Northwood University to celebrate Senior Day.
| SENIOR DAY
Before the game, the Wildcats honored their four seniors. Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.), Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.), Kenton Mack (Algonquin, Ill.) and Max Prendergast (Grand Rapids, Mich.) were celebrated for their contributions to the program and all got the start.
| STAT LEADERS
Echols finished with 25 points on the day to lead all scorers. Johnson added 18 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the year. Junior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) tallied 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. Junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) notched 11 rebounds and added four blocked shots and two steals.
| GETTING STARTED
NU hit a free throw for the game's first point but Echols hit a three on their next possession. Johnson then added a jumper before the Timberwolves made two baskets to tie the game at 5-5 three minutes in.
Prendergast hit a free throw but the guests answered with a three and a layup to take a 10-6 lead. Redshirt freshman Troy Summers (Grayling, Mich.) hit a jumper followed by two free throws from Taylor to tie the game at 10-10 at the 13:15 mark.
After NU made a layup, Echols made a layup. NU then made two free throws and a jumper before Summers scored again. The Timberwolves answered with a jumper followed by an Echols layup, but TU held an 18-16 lead with 8:41 to go.
| CLOSING OUT THE HALF
After a timeout, junior Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) hit a three to give NMU the lead, and Echols made a layup to give the Wildcats a 21-18 lead with seven minutes to play. NU added two free throws and took a 22-21 lead with a jumper with 5:21 on the clock.
Echols answered with a jumper, but NU responded with their own jumper. Taylor and NU then traded baskets and the Timberwolves were lead 26-25 with 3:21 to go in the first half. Johnson then sank two free throws followed by an Echols jumper. Northwood followed with a jumper but Echols answered with another layup and moved the Wildcats ahead 31-28 with two minutes to go.
Johnson then added two free throws followed by a steal that he took coast-to-coast for a dunk. Echols then closed the first half with a three at the buzzer to give NMU a 38-28 lead going into halftime.
| A NEW HALF
Taylor scored the first NMU basket but it was between two scores by Northwood, moving the score to a 40-32 NMU lead. Another four points from the Timberwolves moved them closer before Echols made a jumper. Northwood added another layup but Johnson answered with a three-pointer.
Northwood followed with two layups, but Johnson responded with an old fashioned three-pointer to make it 48-42 with 13:22 to play. After another NU three, Fruin converted the and-one opportunity and Echols hit a jumper before Matelski hit another three to make it 56-48 with 10:47 on the clock.
| FINISHING THE GAME
NU would score four points to respond but Mack made a layup and Taylor made a jumper before NU went on an 9-0 run to move within 60-57. Echols stopped the rally with a three-pointer at the 3:13 mark.
Taylor then added a layup followed by two free throws and a layup by Johnson. Taylor added two more free throws and Summers sank one to give NMU the 72-60 victory.
| UP NEXT
The Wildcats improve to 14-8 on the season and are now 9-6 in the GLIAC and are now in a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings. Northwood falls to 11-12 this season and are 8-7 in the GLIAC. NMU returns to action and begin a five-game road trip Thurday night at Ferris State University.