MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University men's basketball (7-13, 5-9 GLIAC) needed overtime to defeat Northwood but came away with an 88-79 victory in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. The Wildcats outscored Northwood 18-9 in the extra period for the victory. Senior forward Chavis Mattison led NMU with his second consecutive double-double scoring a game-high 28 points with 10 rebounds.
After a 4-4 start, NMU went on a 19-9 run to take a double-digit lead over Northwood at 23-13 and 8:33 remaining in the half. Northern Michigan was able to maintain a significant lead into halftime with a score of 40-33.
The Wildcats finished the half shooting 15-22 (.682) from the field and 5-9 (.556) from behind the three-point line. Northwood managed to score 13 points off of 11 NMU turnovers, while not committing a turnover themselves in the half.
The Timberwolves managed to slowly chip away at the NMU lead eventually tieing the game at 51-51 with 11:23 remaining in the game. The game then saw two more ties before a pair of Northwood free throws gave NU their first lead of the half at 57-56 and 7:47 on the clock. Taking the lead was part of an 11-2 run that saw Northwood pull ahead by as much as six at 64-58 with 5:57 remaining.
The Wildcats answered with a 7-0 run to retake the lead at 65-64 with 4:55 on the clock. The game then saw three ties before Northwood possessed the ball with only three seconds left and a 70-70 score. A desperation three-pointer from NU was off the mark forcing the overtime.
Northern Michigan started the extra period hot scoring the first seven points of the game with Mattison recording four points and an assist off a three-pointer from freshman guard Jordan Perez for the early lead. NMU built their lead to as large as 11 on two occasions with the latest occurring with 42 seconds left to play and an 85-74 score. A pair of free throws from senior guard Larry Taylor in the final minute sealed the 88-79 victory.
Northern Michigan finished the game shooting a blistering 31-53 (.585) including 8-18 (.444) from beyond the arc and 18-22 (.818) from the charity stripe. The Wildcats also finished the game outrebounding the Timberwolves 39-22 with 32 defensive rebounds.
Perez followed Mattison with 16 points and freshman forward Alex Sorenson chipped in double-figures with 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Senior guard Terry Nash would finish the contest with six assists.
Northern Michigan finishes the weekend travelling to Michigan Tech Monday, Feb. 2 for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.