NMU Takes on Michigan Tech in White Out on Saturday

NMU Takes on Michigan Tech in White Out on Saturday

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball finish their January homestand by taking on rival Michigan Technological University Saturday in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup.

Saturday's game also features a White Out theme with all fans encouraged to wear white in support of the Wildcats. The first 50 students to meet Wildcat Willy and sit courtside prior to the men's game will receive a free "Beat Tech" white shirt.  The first 250 fans will receive a free Rally Towel from Radio Results Network upon entry to the Berry Events Center.

WEEKLY NOTES

  FOLLOW ALONG

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Saturday vs. Michigan Tech: 1 P.M.

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  LAST TIME OUT

The Wildcats stormed out to a 31-18 lead in the first half to cruise to a 77-63 victory over Davenport University on Thursday night. The Wildcats featured three players in double figures to guide the team to victory.  On Saturday, NMU used a 12-point run in the middle of the first half to propel them to a 70-61 victory over Grand Valley State University.

  PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) was named the GLIAC's North Player of the Week for the second time this season after averaging 19.5 points and four rebounds last week, while dishing out seven assists total. In Thursday's win, he scored 13 points while notching four assists. He then tallied 26 points, hitting four three-pointers and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds in the effort Saturday.

  SWAT IT AWAY

Junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) posted a career-high seven blocks in Thursday's win over Davenport. He followed it with four blocks Saturday against Grand Valley State. The junior is now leading the GLIAC with 2.5 blocks per game and has 40 blocks on the season. Nationally, he is 11th in blocks and is 10th in blocks per game.

  VALUE THE BALL

The Wildcats offense is averaging just 8.9 turnovers per outing to place them fourth overall in fewest turnovers in Division II. NMU is eighth in the country with just 152 total turnovers this year. Their 8.9 turnovers per game is two fewer than anyone else in the GLIAC.

  SCORING POINTS

NMU continues to feature two of the GLIAC's top scorers. Senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) leads the league with 21.6 points while Echols is third with 18.3 points per game. The duo also leads the conference in free throws, as Echols has made 89 and Isaiah has sank 85 shots from the line.

  NMU VERSUS TECH

The Wildcats lead the all-time series 130-81 in a series that dates back to the 1911-12 season. The teams split their matchup last year, with the home team winning both games. This year's MTU squad is 4-6 in the GLIAC and coming off a 77-68 defeat to Davenport Saturday.