ALLENDALE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball visited Grand Valley State University but fell to the Lakers 85-62 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.
| STAT LEADERS
Senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) led the team with 28 points, making six three-pointers and grabbing a team-best eight rebounds. Junior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) added 18 points for a season high.
Senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) tallied five assists on the night and tied Taylor with two steals each.
NMU finished the game shooting 46% from the behind the arc.
| THE FIRST HALF
GVSU started the game 7-0 before Echols made his lone three of the night at the 15:38 mark. Taylor followed it with a jumper before the hosts answered with a three. Taylor then made a three for NMU but the Lakers rebounded with five points.
Johnson would make his first three of the game with 11:10 on the clock and after a basket from GVSU, junior Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) made a three to make it 17-14 with 10:32 to go in the half. The Lakers retaliated with seven points before Matelski hit his second from behind the arc, making the GVSU lead 24-17 with 7:30 left.
However, Grand Valley St. answered with a 14-0 run over the next three minutes until Johnson made a three at the 4:03 mark to make it 38-20. GVSU eventually pulled away to a 46-20 halftime lead.
| THE SECOND HALF
Summers and Johnson sandwiched a basket from GVSU to start the second half, but the Lakers responded with six more points before sophomore Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) hit a three and Johnson made two free throws to make it 54-29 five minutes into the half.
After three free throws from the hosts, Taylor and Johnson both made threes. A jumper from the Lakers was followed by Johnson and junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) making two free throws, each to make the score 59-39 with 12:26 to play.
However, the Wildcats were unable to pull any closer as GVSU managed to win the contest 85-62.
| UP NEXT
The Wildcats fall to 15-10 on the year and 10-8 in the GLIAC while the Lakers improved to 15-11 and 9-9 in the league. NMU will now head to #16 and GLIAC leader Davenport University to take on the Panthers at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.