48 All-GLIAC Awards

37 All-America Awards

NMU Heads to Bellarmine Classic to Face USI and #1 Bellarmine

NMU Heads to Bellarmine Classic to Face USI and #1 Bellarmine

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team travels to the Bellarmine University Classic in Louisville, Kentucky to take on two teams from the Great Lakes Valley Conference.  The Wildcats will face the University of Southern Indiana Tuesday and follows it Wednesday afternoon by facing the #1 ranked team in NCAA Division II, Bellarmine.

WEEKLY NOTES

  FOLLOW ALONG

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Tuesday vs. Southern Indiana: 5 P.M.

Video: http://www.glvcsn.com/ bellarmine/
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Live Stats: https://athletics.bellarmine. edu/sidearmstats/mbball/ summary

Wednesday at #1 Bellarmine: 3 P.M.

Video: http://www.glvcsn.com/ bellarmine/
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Live Stats: https://athletics.bellarmine. edu/sidearmstats/mbball/ summary

  LAST TIME OUT

The Wildcats moved to 3-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after picking up victories over Purdue University Northwest, 108-69, and University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 77-67.  In the win against PNW, the team scored 108 points, the most against a Division II foe since the 1993-94 season. Against Parkside, the Wildcats outscored the Rangers 40-18 in the first half to power to another league victory.

  PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) was named GLIAC Player of the Week for the first time this season, giving NMU four of five honorees this season. Echols averaged 21 points and seven rebounds as he guided the Wildcats to two victories. Against PNW, the senior guard recorded his second career double-double with 20 points and a career-high 10 assists. He followed it with 22 points, including a stretch where he sank four threes on four straight possessions, going 8-8 from the free throw line.  He also had a season-best five rebounds while dishing out four assists.

Senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) has won the award three times this season, including winning back-to-back weeks.

  STRONG START

The Wildcats started the season 5-0 for the first time since the 1984-85 season when they started 6-0.  After falling at Northwood, the team is now 8-1 and off to the best start since the 1985-86 team started 9-1. 

  SCORING POINTS

Johnson and Echols gives Northern Michigan the top two scorers in the GLIAC this season. Johnson is leading the league with 23.6 points per game, and is tenth nationally.  Echols is scoring 19.6 points per game and features a league-best 92.5% from the free throw line while shooting the most free throws in the league.

Last week, junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) tied a career-high with 12 points Thursday and then scored a career-high 14 points Saturday against Parkside.

As a team, NMU is averaging 79.9 points per game and are leading the GLIAC in three-point shooting percentage, shooting 42.9% and are also first with 9.7 made threes per contest. They are second overall from the field at 50.1% and their 75.2% from the free throw line places them third in the conference.

  NMU VERSUS USI

This will be the third time NMU takes on USI in program history and the first time since the 1992-93 season with the Wildcats holding a 2-0 lead in the series.  USI enters the week at 4-2 on the season, as they lost to Hillsdale College in the season opener and most recently fell to rival Bellarmine 92-80.

  NMU VERSUS BELLARMINE

The Knights are currently ranked #1 in Division II and are 7-0 on the season after winning their second-straight GLVC Championship last season. Bellarmine is outscoring opponents by nearly 18 points per game, allowing just 64 points a contest.   This will be the first-ever matchup between the teams.