MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team returns from a five-game road trip and hosts two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contests in the Berry Events Center this week.
Tickets for Thursday's game can be found at 906 Technologies while tickets for Saturday are available at Art Van.
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Last week: NMU visited local rival Michigan Technological University on Sunday, but despite a late rally that tied the game, the Wildcats were unable to get past the Huskies, falling 77-66 after Tech hit free throws down the stretch.
Echols takes control: Junior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half Sunday, including scoring 10-straight points in a three-minute span. He also posted five assists on the day. Taking over games is nothing new as earlier in the season at GVSU, Echols scored 18 of the team's final 21 points.
Three get to double figures: Three players scored over 10 points in Sunday's game. Junior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) posted 18 points to lead the team, including 11 in the second half. Echols posted 16 points while sophomore Will Carius (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) chipped in with 11. NMU had two players barely miss double digits, with sophomore Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill./Thornton) senior Jordan Perez (Greendale, Wis.) both finished the game with nine points.
Winning games: This year's team is just one win away from posting the best season since 2006-07. The Wildcats have won 11 games this year which ties two other seasons in the past decade. During the conference schedule, their eight wins are the most since 2009-10. The 2006-07 team finished the year with 11 GLIAC victories and tallied 18 wins for the season.
Protecting the rim: Sophomore Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill./Marian Catholic) is second in the GLIAC and is averaging 1.8 blocks per game for the Wildcats. In Sunday's game, he posted two blocks. Earlier this season at PNW, he notched two blocks and added three more at Grand Valley State.
NMU versus Purdue Northwest: Thursday night marks the second-ever matchup with the Pride. Earlier this season, NMU took an early lead and powered to an 80-73 victory. Johnson, Carius, Echols, Taylor and Perez all scored double figures for the Wildcats.
NMU versus Grand Valley State: NMU defeated the Lakers 71-68 in overtime earlier this season and has now won two in a row. Echols led the team with 21 points, while three other players also reached double digits in the game. GVSU holds a 49-32 all-time edge over the Wildcats and until last year's 82-77 NMU victory, had won nine straight times.