DETROIT, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball resumed Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference by visiting Wayne State University but fell to the Warriors 73-51.
| STAT LEADERS
Senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) lead the offense with 14 points. Junior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) added 11 points and three steals while senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) chipped in with nine points.
Junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) finished with a team-best and tied his career-high with 11 rebounds along with seven points and two blocked shots.
| GETTING STARTED
Wayne State hit a three-pointer to open the game but Taylor followed with a three of his own then Howard hit two jumpers and Johnson made a layup to give NMU a 9-3 lead at the 16:40 mark.
The Warriors cut into the lead with two baskets but Johnson answered with a three and Echols made a layup to make it 14-7 with 13:32 on the clock.
| FINISHING THE HALF
WSU responded with four points but redshirt freshman Troy Summers (Grayling, Wis.) sank two free throws. Howard would add a free throw to answer three from the Warriors followed by another jumper from Taylor to make it 19-14 with 6:35 to play.
The hosts made a three-pointer but Howard responded with a jumper and junior Kenton Mack (Algonquin, Ill.) sank two free throws to keep NMU on top 24-17 with 4:28 to play. WSU rallied to take a 25-23 lead but Taylor made a layup to tie it at 25-25 with 1:55 to play in the half. Echols then answered another WSU score with two free throws and tied it again at 27-27 with 39 seconds left. However, the Warriors hit a three in the final seconds to take a 30-27 lead into halftime.
| THE SECOND HALF
Wayne State hit a bucket to start the half but Echols made a three to narrow the gap. Johnson followed with a layup to pull NMU within 32-31 at the 16:35 mark. After a basket by WSU, Echols made a layup. The teams exchanged baskets again with Taylor scoring for the Wildcats and the score was 37-35 with WSU on top.
The Warriors scored again and pulled ahead 55-37 before Johnson scored at the 9:17 mark. Echols helped the Wildcats cut the lead to 17 but WSU held on and captured a 73-51 victory.
| UP NEXT
The Wildcats fall to 8-4 on the season and 3-2 in the GLIAC and will look to rebound as they continue GLIAC play Saturday at #10 Ashland University.