MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team continues Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action inside the Berry Events Center this week and will take on Davenport University Thursday night followed by taking on Grand Valley State University Saturday afternoon.
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Thursday vs. Davenport: 7:30 P.M.
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Saturday vs. Grand Valley State: 3 P.M.
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| LAST TIME OUT
In NMU's first games inside the Berry Events Center for 2019, the Wildcats dropped two GLIAC contests last week, falling to Lake Superior State University 86-66 Thursday night and Ferris State University Saturday. The Wildcats roared back from an 11-point second half deficit to tie Saturday's game at 59-59, but FSU hit a three-pointer with one second on the clock to take the victory.
| SWAT IT AWAY
Junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) is averaging 2.1 blocks per game and is tied atop the GLIAC rankings. That average places him 20th in the country. His 29 total blocks has him ranked 25th in the NCAA and second in the GLIAC. The junior has nine games this season where he has posted multiple blocks with his season-best of five blocks coming in his first game of the season against Lewis University. He also two games with four blocks each, occuring at Hillsdale College and Northwood University. This past weekend, he notched three against Ferris State.
| VALUE THE BALL
This year's squad has valued each possession as they rank fourth nationally with just 9.2 turnovers per game. Their average number of turnovers are two fewer than anyone else in the GLIAC. They are ranked eighth nationally in Division II with just 138 turnovers on the year.
| SCORING POINTS
NMU continues to feature the top two scorers in the league. Entering the week, senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) paces the GLIAC with 21.2 points per game this season. His average places him 26th in Division II while he is 24th in both total points. Senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) is tied at second in the league with 18.1 points per game. Echols is leading the GLIAC by averagin over five made free throws per game, posting 5.3 makes a contest. Johnson is second with 4.7 makes per game.
| NMU VERSUS DAVENPORT
NMU leads the all-time series with a 3-0 record, winning two matchups last season in Davenports first year of GLIAC play. Davenport has already reached last season's win total and enter this week on a five-game winning streak.
| NMU VERSUS GRAND VALLEY STATE
The Wildcats have won the three past matchups with the Lakers, including a 71-68 overtime victory last season in Allendale, Michigan. However, GVSU leads the all-time series that dates back to the 1973-74 season.