MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men's basketball team recently closed out the 2012-13 season. The Wildcats finished with a 5-21 overall record and 4-18 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The season opened in November with a pair of exhibition games against Division I opponents. The Wildcats fell at Michigan on Nov. 1 and Detroit Mercy on Nov. 9.
The regular season opened with a 129-52 win over Finlandia at the Berry Events Center on Nov. 17. Non-conference play continued on Nov. 23-24 at the Fresh Coast Classic in Milwaukee, Wis. with two losses against Winston-Salem (78-69) and Lincoln (67-56).
GLIAC play began with two losses on the road at Walsh (75-68) and Malone (75-66), two schools that were added to the conference at the start of the season.
The Wildcats lost in two straight home games on Dec. 6 and 8 against Hillsdale (70-44) and Findlay (80-62). The first GLIAC victory was a 77-83 win at Ohio Dominican on Dec. 16. The weekend trek in Ohio concluded with a 62-55 loss at Tiffin (Dec. 18). NMU wrapped up 2012 and non-conference play with a loss at Lewis (64-45) on Dec. 30.
The New Year started off on the right foot with a GLIAC sweep at home. The Wildcats defeated Ashland 73-66 and Lake Erie 66-52 on Jan. 3 and 5, respectively. The month concluded with six straight conference losses against Grand Valley State, Ferris State, Saginaw Valley State, Wayne State, Lake Superior State and Northwood.
On Feb. 2, NMU stunned Michigan Tech with a 59-55 win over the Huskies at the Berry Events Center.
NMU's luck ran out as the Wildcats fell in their final seven games of the season.
Junior forward Matthew Craggs controlled the offense for the Wildcats, averaging 13.7 points in 25 games. Craggs finished the season with a 45.6 field goal percentage, and was 72.7 percent from the free throw line on the season. He started in 24 games, and scored double digits in 22 of those games.
Junior forward Scooter Johnson finished with a 9.6 point average in 20 games in his first season in Marquette. Cameron ended his final season leading the team, and finishing sixth in the conference, with a 44.8 percent three-point percentage. He started in 24 games, averaging 31.7 minutes per game, a team-high.
Sophomore forward Kendall Jackson led the 'Cats with 155 total rebounds (47 offensive and 108 defensive), averaging 6.0 per game. He started 19 games and averaged eight points per game while shooting 53 percent from the field.
Sophomore Quinten Calloway started 15 games in his second season and scored in double figures six times. Sophomore Spencer Huss appeared in 25 games, scoring 34 points. Junior Michael Smith appeared in 11 games before ending his season with a foot injury. He started the three games before the injury and scored 25 points.
Freshmen Stephen Pelkofer and Matt Iverson contributed major minutes in their first season. Pelkofer started 24 games and scored 7.6 points per game, tallying double figures 10 times. Iverson started eight games and scored 109 points, including 19 at LSSU.
Photos of 2012-13 Season
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