MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball Team looks to continue their hot start to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play as they host Tiffin University and Ashland University this week in the Berry Events Center.
The team will then return Saturday afternoon to take on Ashland at 1 p.m. Fans can follow this game with live stats, video and audio. Saturday's game is also hosted by Wells Fargo where fans can get free tickets from various locations. It also serves as Youth Sports Day, where eighth-grade students or younger will receive free admission if they attend the game wearing their team's jersey or apparel.
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5-0: NMU enters the week undefeated in GLIAC play this season. After defeating Northwood University and Saginaw Valley State University on the opening GLIAC weekend, they defeated Purdue University Northwest and Grand Valley State University. In their final GLIAC game before the break, they defeated Michigan Technological University 77-65. Their 5-0 start is the best start to conference play in over 20 years.
Three in double-figures: Three Wildcats are averaging double-figure scoring this season. Junior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) leads the way with 17.5 points a game. Junior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) adds 17.3 points an outing. Sophomore Will Carius (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) chips in with 10.7 points per game. Johnson is also leading the team with 6.1 rebounds per game.
Defense is key: Aiding the season's success has been the team's prowess on the defensive end. Sophomore Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill./Thornton) has tallied 19 steals this season, while Johnson has 13 and senior Eddie Tornes (Muskegon, Mich./Cumberland C.C.) also has posted double-digit steals. Sophomore Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill./Marian Catholic) is second in the league with 21 blocks.
Seeing success: NMU's eight wins so far this season equals their win total from last season, and one more win will tie for the most wins since the 2010-11 season. Their five GLIAC wins are also just one shy of the 2016-17 season.
NMU versus Tiffin: The Wildcats fell to Tiffin 81-68 last season, and have dropped their last three games against the Dragons. Overall, NMU holds a 6-5 all-time advantage over Tiffin. This season, the Dragons are currently 3-8 overall and are seeking their first win of the GLIAC season.
NMU versus Ashland: The Eagles hold a 15-9 all-time lead over NMU and have won the last four, winning 67-48 last year in Ashland, Ohio. Entering the week, Ashland is on a five-game winning streak, including winning their last three GLIAC games.