MIDLAND, Mich. – Despite a 20-point night from freshman guard Haki Stampley, the Northern Michigan men's basketball team fell for the third straight game, 64-58 to Northwood on Saturday (Jan. 28).
With the loss, NMU falls to 8-11 on the season and 4-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Wildcats have dropped three straight in conference play and remain in 11th place in the overall league standings. Northwood improves to 11-7 overall and 7-5 in the conference.
NMU grabbed the quick 2-0 lead at the 18:38 mark with a jumper from junior forward TJ Cameron. Northwood would strike back to go on a 21-9 run over a nearly 13 minute stretch to take a commanding 21-11 lead. The Timberwolves took a 32-19 lead into the half.
The 'Cats battled in the second half to cut the lead to just one point with 10:57 left on the clock when Stampley hit one of his four three-pointers. Foul trouble hampered NMU down the stretch and prevented the 'Cats from getting any closer than six points down the stretch. NMU doubled its shooting performance in the final 20 minutes by sinking 50.0 percent (14-for-28) from the floor and 4-for-8 from behind the line.
NMU was led by Stampley with 20 points and four rebounds. Senior center Jared Benson and sophomore forward Matthew Craggs both netted 10 points and six rebounds.
The Timberwolves were led by Darvin Ham with 13 points and 10 boards.
NMU shot only 38.5 percent (20-for-52) from the field and 43.8 percent (7-for-16) from three-point land.
The Timberwolves outrebounded the 'Cats 38-31 and outscored NMU's bench 28-4.
NMU returns home to the Berry Event Center next week hosting Wayne State (Feb. 2) and Findlay (Feb. 4). The 'Cats host five of their final seven games.