MARQUETTE, Mich. – Senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Player of the Week for the third time this season after averaging 24 points for the Wildcats.
Against Ferris State University, the point guard scored 26 points while hitting six three-pointers on the night. He added six free throws and dished out two assists while collecting three steals. He also notched a blocked shot.
On Saturday, NMU visited Lake Superior State University where Echols tallied 22 points along with three assists and three steals to help the Wildcats take a 73-68 victory over the Lakers.
Echols joins senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) with multiple GLIAC Player of the Week honors this season. The pair is also currently leading the GLIAC in points per game.
The Wildcats will visit Grand Valley State University Thursday night and will then travel to conference leader and #16 ranked Davenport University Saturday afternoon.
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Thursday at GVSU: 8 P.M.
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Saturday Lake Superior State: 3 P.M.
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| LAST TIME OUT
NMU split their results last week, falling at GLIAC North leader Ferris State University 78-67 despite a second half rally that pulled them within four points with five minutes to go. However, FSU was able to make free throws down the stretch. The Wildcats responded by defeating Lake Superior State University for the first time in 12 games by closing out the game on an 8-2 rally for the 73-68 victory.
| POSTSEASON IS CLINCHED
With their victory over Lake Superior State University Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats have clinched a berth in the GLIAC Tournament for the second straight season. NMU is tied with University of Wisconsin-Parkside for second place in the North Division and for the fourth seed in the GLIAC Tournament. They are one game up on Lake Superior State University but one game back of Ferris State for the North lead and the third seed. Parkside takes on FSU and LSSU this week. Grand Valley State is tied for the seventh seed but has not clinched a spot in the tournament yet. Davenport has secured a home game and one of the top two seeds in the tournament. The top four seeds will host a GLIAC Quarterfinals matchup while the highest remaining seed will host the semifinals and finals.
| VALUE THE BALL
The Wildcats continue to take care of the ball each game as they commit just 9.1 turnovers per game this year. That total is two fewer than anyone else in the GLIAC and places NMU fourth in the country in turnovers per game. In total, Northern Michigan has a committed 219 turnovers this season to put them seventh in all of Division II men's basketball. Opponents are committing over 12 turnovers a game against NMU.
| LEADING THE GLIAC
Defensively, junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) is atop the league with 66 blocks, averaging 2.9 per game. In addition to leading the GLIAC, he is ranked fourth nationally in average and fifth in total blocks.
As a team, the Wildcats currently are second in the league by allowing 41.2% shooting from the field in GLIAC contests this season. They are allowing 68.6 points per game in GLIAC games, which is the second fewest allowed in the conference.
| SCORING POINTS
Johnson has led the league nearly all year in scoring, averaging 20.8 points per game. Echols is right behind him with 19.5 points per game. For their career, Echols has tallied 1,661 total points and is fifth in NMU history. Johnson is ninth all-time with 1,470 points. The pair is also among the nation's top 70 scorers in Division II, with Johnson currently 38th and Echols at 69th.
| NMU VERSUS GVSU
The Wildcats have defeated GVSU three-straight times after picking up a 70-61 victory in the Berry Events Center in January. The Lakers, now 14-11 overall and 8-9 in the GLIAC, are 3-4 since the teams last met, but they did defeat Ashland University while the Eagles were ranked #7.
| NMU VERSUS DAVENPORT
In just their second year of Division II play, the Panthers are currently ranked #16 in the country and are on a nine-game winning streak. Their last defeat came at the hands of NMU, who won in the Berry Events Center 77-63. The Panthers are now 22-3 on the season and lead the league at 14-3 in conference play and host Michigan Technological University on Thursday night.