MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team hosts their first games of the season inside the Berry Events Center and will open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play this week as they host Northwood University and Saginaw Valley State University.
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THURSDAY VS. NORTHWOOD
SATURDAY VS. SAGINAW VALLEY STATE
| LAST TIME OUT
NMU spent the last week in Alaska at the Seawolf Thanksgiving Classic and split their two games. On Friday, the Wildcats defeated the University of Alaska Fairbanks 95-45 for the largest victory over an NCAA Division II opponent since 1990. They returned to take on the hosts, University of Alaska Anchorage, Saturday night and went on a 27-12 run in the second half to pull within three with three minutes left, but it wasn't enough as the Wildcats fell 84-76.
| ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Junior Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) was named to the All-Tournament Team after his performance in Alaska. They junior averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists over the weekend. Against the Seawolves, he notched 15 points and dished out five assists along with four rebounds. He posted eight points and finished with five rebounds and two assists against Fairbanks.
| A BIG WIN
In Friday night's win over the Nanooks, the win was their largest victory over a Division II foe since the Wildcats defeated Wayne state 110-51 in the 1989-90 season. NMU finished the first half on a 12-2 run to give them a 42-23 halftime lead.
Defensively, they held the Nanooks to just 25% shooting and just 7.1% from the three-point line in the second half.
| MAKING A RUN
On Saturday, Anchorage was able to take a 60-40 lead with just under 12 minutes to go but the Wildcats responded with a 27-12 run. The run started when Fruin hit a jumper and senior Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) hit a three to follow a Seawolf score which made the score 62-45 with 11:51 to play.
A minute later, Fruin made another jumper but a layup by UAA made the score 64-47 with 10:08 to go. Wolf responded by sinking a free throw which sophomore Naseer Turner (Chicago, Ill.) followed with a layup. After the Seawolves hit a layup and free throws, Fruin made a layup and Matelski followed with another three to make it 67-55 with eight minutes left to play.
UAA hit a three but Taylor answered with a jumper and Matelski made a layup before Fruin sank a free throw. With 4:44 left, Matelski and Taylor hit a three to answer two free throws from UAA. With three minutes left, sophomore Turner made a three to make the score 72-69.
| NMU VERSUS NORTHWOOD
The Wildcats have won eight of the last 10 meetings and hold a 50-19 lead in the all-time series. Northwood is currently on a four-game winning streak and is 4-2 on the season.
| NMU VERSUS SVSU
NMU looks to narrow the all-time series with the Cardinals as the series is now 33-37 in SVSU's favor. The Cardinals have won their past four games but have not played a Division II team since opening weekend when the fell to the University of Indianapolis 77-73 and #3 Bellarmine University 97-68
| 50 YEARS OF WOMEN'S SPORTS
Throughout the 2019-20 season, NMU will celebrate the history of Women's Sports at Northern Michigan. Fans are encouraged to contribute with their favorite and most memorable moments and athletes of NMU women's sports. Please go to THIS LINK to contribute your favorite or most memorable moment and athletes. More information on this year's celebration can be found HERE.