MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team returns to the Berry Events Center for their final regular season contests of the season as they host Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes Saginaw Valley State University and Northwood University. Prior to Saturday's game, the team will also honor four players as part of Senior Day.
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Thursday vs. Saginaw Valley: 7:30 P.M.
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Saturday vs. Northwood: 3 P.M.
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| LAST TIME OUT
NMU split their results last week as the fell to University of Wisconsin-Parkside 71-65 in overtime. The game featured 18 ties and a total of 28 different lead changes throughout the contest. The Wildcats bounced back Saturday to defeat Purdue University Northwest 86-74.
| SENIOR DAY
Prior to Saturday's game with Northwood, the team will honor four players as part of their Senior Day Celebration. Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.), Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.), Kenton Mack (Algonquin, Ill.) and Max Prendergast (Grand Rapids, Mich.) have combined to to score 3,022 points, grab 817 rebounds, dished out 510 assists, had 188 assists and 67 blocked shots.
| NOTCHING HIGHS
NMU saw two players post career-highs last week. Redshirt freshman Troy Summers (Grayling, Mich.) notched 12 points and nine rebounds in Thursday's game with Parkside. He followed it with another career night on Saturday. Against the Pride, Summers posted 18 points, making 7-8 from the field and was 4-6 from the charity stripe. He also snagged a career-best 11 rebounds.
Sophomore Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) tallied 17 points in Saturday's win over PNW, finishing 5-10 from the field, including three from behind the arc, and was 4-5 from the free throw line.
Johnson finished with four steals in both contests to give him a season-high while Echols also recorded a season high of four steals at Purdue Northwest.
| VALUE THE BALL
The Wildcats continue to take care of the ball each game as they commit just 9.1 turnovers per game this year. That total is two fewer than anyone else in the GLIAC and places NMU fourth in the country in turnovers per game. In total, Northern Michigan has a committed 181 turnovers this season to put them seventh in all of Division II men's basketball.
| LEADING THE GLIAC
Johnson and Echols continue to lead the league in scoring as Johnson is averaging 20.8 points per game while Echols averages 18.6. Echols is also tied for first with 105 made free throws this season while Johnson is third with 97 makes from the line. Echols is fourth in the GLIAC and 12th in the NCAA at 90.5% from the line.
Defensively, junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) is atop the league with 47 blocks, averaging 2.5 per game. In addition to leading the GLIAC, his average places him 11th in the NCAA while his total blocks puts him tenth.
| NMU VERSUS SVSU
NMU defeated the Cardinals 67-59 on the road earlier this season and looks for the sweep Thursday night. Entering the season, the teams had split their prior four meetings. At 7-14 this season, SVSU have dropped their last three contests.
| NMU VERSUS NORTHWOOD
NMU holds a 49-19 advantage in the all-time series with the Timberwolves, with NMU winning seven of the last nine matchups between the teams. The Wildcats look to avenge an early season loss at Northwood earlier this year. NU has won four of their last five games coming into the week and will take on Michigan Technological University Thursday night.