MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball heads to #8 Davenport University to take on the Panthers in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Semifinals, hosted by DU. With a win, NMU will advance to the GLIAC Championship.
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Saturday at Davenport: 3 P.M.
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| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats overcame an 8-2 deficit early in the game and used a 15-0 run that lasted five minutes to defeat #4 seed Ferris State in the GLIAC Quarterfinals on Thursday. Four players reached double figures for NMU.
| GETTING POINTS
Seniors Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) lead the GLIAC in scoring this season. Johnson paces the league with 20.7 points per game. Echols is second with 19.2 points a game. In conference games, the pair both averaged 19.1 points. The duo is also first and second in free throws made, as Johnson makes 5.4 free throws per game and Echols adds 4.9 per game. Johnson has added 5.6 rebounds per game this season while Echols is fifth in the league with 3.7 assists. They both average one steal a game as well.
| TAKING CARE
The Wildcats are fourth in the nation with just 8.9 turnovers per game and seventh in the country with 250 total turnovers. Both marks pace the GLIAC this season. At the free throw line, NMU is 17th in shooting percentage, shooting 78.5% from the charity stripe, which also leads the GLIAC.
| GETTING DEFENSIVE
Juniors Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) and Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) have helped guide the NMU defense all season. Howard led the league with 77 blocks, averaging 2.9 blocks per game which is sixth in the country. Taylor continually guards the opponent's top perimeter player and finished the year with 1.7 steals per game and finished with total of 48. Against Lake Superior State earlier this season Howard notched a career-high seven blocks while Taylor tallied a career-high six steals.
| THE PLAYOFF PICTURE
The Wildcats defeated the #4 seed, Ferris State University on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals in what was the biggest victory in the quarterfinals. Davenport got past the #8 seed, Northwood University, 85-84 in a game that saw DU down one with a minute to go. The #7 seed upset #2 as Grand Valley State University had a nine point lead at halftime over Ashland University to take a 72-61 win at Ashland. University of Wisconsin Parkside, the #3 seed defeated #6 Lake Superior State University 75-68.
GVSU will take on Parkside after the NMU game concludes. The winner of each game will advance for the GLIAC Championship at Davenport, set for a 3 p.m. start.
| NMU VERSUS THE FIELD
NMU has split the season matchup with each team, winning in the Berry Events Center but falling on the road to each team. Davenport is currently ranked #8 in the NCAA. Davenport swept GVSU and split the season series with Parkside. GVSU and Parkside also split their two meetings. NMU is eighth in the regional rankings while Davenport is ineligible for the NCAA postseason. Neither Parkside or Lake State are ranked in the region.