GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball fell to #8 Davenport University in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.
| STAT LEADERS
Senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) led the way with a season-high 28 points and four assists. Echols finished his day with six three-pointers.
Senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) posted a double-double as he notched 17 points and 10 rebounds for his second one of the season.
| THE FIRST HALF
Echols started the game with eight points and gave NMU an 8-2 lead early. Johnson added a jumper before DU made a three, and after an Echols free throw, the Wildcats were up 11-5.
The Panthers responded with five points but junior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) put in a three and gave the Wildcats a 14-10 lead at the 14:54 mark. After a DU score, redshirt freshman Troy Summers (Grayling, Mich.) made a layup and Echols hit a three after another DU score and gave NMU a 19-14 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half.
The hosts tied the score a minute later but Matelski put the Wildcats back on top with his first three of the day. The Panthers answered and managed to take the lead before Johnson sank two free throws to put the Wildcats back up 24-23 with nine minutes to play.
Davenport replied to take a 30-24 lead but Johnson stopped the rally with a layup and a free throw. After two threes from the Panthers put them up 36-27, sophomore Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) made a three to narrow the gap. The hosts added another bucket after a media timeout but Summers answered with a layup. DU then made two free throws to go up 40-32 with 2:28 left to go.
Echols responded with two threes and Johnson made a layup to close out the half, tying the score at 40-40 as the teams entered halftime.
| THE SECOND HALF
Johnson started the second half with two layups and a free throw, but the Panthers hit a three to put NMU up 45-43. The Panthers retaliated with eight points before Johnson made a layup to make the score 51-47
The Panthers put in two threes coming out of a media timeout. Echols then made a layup but DU converted an and-one. Howard dunked it and made the score 60-51 with 11:37 left to play.
Out of the next media timeout, Summers put in two free throws and after five points from Davenport, Fruin made another three followed by two free throws from Taylor to make the score 65-58 with 9:30 to go.
Howard traded dunks with the hosts, but DU added a jumper before the timeout to pull ahead 69-60.
The Panthers rallied with four points before Johnson made a free throw with 4:49, making the score 75-61. Echols made a free throw and added a second after a score from Davenport.
Matelski added a three after two DU free throws then hit his third after a trey from the hosts which made the score 82-69 with two minutes to go. Echols made two threes and Taylor added a layup but Davenport managed to seal the game with free throws down the stretch to win 88-77.
| UP NEXT
The Wildcats are now 17-12 on the season while Davenport improved to 27-3. NMU awaits their fate as they entered the day ranked eighth in the region. The team will find out if they advance to the NCAA Tournament Sunday night.