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Wildcats Defeat Lakers 70-61

Wildcats Defeat Lakers 70-61

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball picked up their fourth-straight victory over Grand Valley State University as they defeated the Lakers 70-61 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.

  STAT LEADERS

The Wildcats were led by senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) and his 26 points, eight assists and three assists. Senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) added 18 points and five rebounds.

Junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in to the effort with six points and also finished with four blocks. Junior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) had six points and added two steals. Redshirt freshman Troy Summers (Grayling, Mich.) grabbed five rebounds and four points.

  THE FIRST HALF

Grand Valley State jumped out to a 5-0 lead but Echols hit a three to get NMU on the board. Summers then added a layup followed by a Johnson jumper and two free throws to move NMU ahead 9-5 early in the half.

GVSU moved closer with two free throws but Echols hit another three to make it 12-7. The Lakers hit a jumper which Howard and junior Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) followed with jumpers of their own. Johnson then added two free throws and Summers made a layup to make it 20-12. GVSU managed a score prior to the media timeout and after ten minutes NMU was up 20-12.

GVSU cut the lead down to 20-19 but NMU followed with a 12-point run. Echols started the rally with a jumper then Johnson followed with a his own jumper. Matelski continued the run with a three that preceded a three from Echols.  Howard sank two free throws before GVSU managed a layup with four minutes to go in the half to make it 32-21.

Johnson responded to the GVSU score with a jumper, and after a layup from the Lakers, Echols sank two free throws. The Lakers added four points before sophomore Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) put in a three-pointer to move the Wildcats ahead 39-27.

In the final minute, the Lakers made four free throws and Echols added another three-pointer and the teams went into halftime with NMU leading 42-31.

  THE SECOND HALF

To open the second half, GVSU pulled within 42-40 but Echols made a layup to stop the rally. He then added two free throws. After a basket by the guests, Johnson made a layup. Grand Valley State hit a jumper but Fruin answered with a jumper. Echols then added a jumper to make it 52-43 10 minutes into the half.

Echols exchanged baskets with the Lakers and GVSU added another layup, but Howard responded with a free throw and Taylor made a three-pointer to push NMU ahead 58-47 before GVSU made a layup.

Johnson added another jumper then Taylor sank two free throws and Johnson made a layup before GVSU made two layups to make the score 64-53 with three minutes to play.

Echols made two free throws which were answered by a GVSU three. The Lakers managed one more three and a jumper but Taylor and Howard both made a free throw and Johnson sank two free throws to help NMU capture the 70-61 victory.

  UP NEXT

NMU improves to 10-7 on the season and are now 5-5 in the GLIAC while Grand Valley State falls to 11-7 on the season and are also 5-5 in the league.  The Wildcats will return to action Saturday as they host rival Michigan Technological University in the Berry Events Center with the game slated to begin at 1 p.m.