MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team will close out 2019 by returning to the Berry Events Center and will take on Hillsdale College Thursday night before hosting Ripon College Saturday afternoon.
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THURSDAY VS. HILLSDALE, 5:30 P.M.
SATURDAY VS. RIPON, 1 P.M.
| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats visited their rival, Michigan Technological University, on Sunday afternoon and came away with their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory this season by defeating the Huskies 64-61 with a game winning three at the buzzer.
| GAME WINNER
Senior Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) helped give the Wildcats the victory by hitting a three pointer at the buzzer from the corner. Taking the ball out from in front of their bench, senior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) found sophomore Dolapo Olayinka (Chicago, Ill.) posting up on the near wing. Olayinka then turned and drove to the middle of the floor which attracted the defense, leaving Matelski wide open for the game winner.
| BUILDING A LEAD
NMU built a first half lead which was pivotal to the team's victory over Michigan Tech. The Wildcats outscored the Huskies 31-19 through the first 20 minutes and featured five players with atleast five points in the first half. Olayinka, Matelski, senior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.), junior Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) and freshman Noah Parcher (La Crosse, Wis.) each achieved the mark.
For the game, Matelski and Olayinka both finished with 11 points while Taylor, Fruin and sophomore Troy Summers (Grayling, Mich.) tallied 10 points each.
| GOOD SHOT
Matelski is currently leading the team and is fourth in the GLIAC in three-point shooting percentage. The senior is shooting 53.7% from behind the arc, and is averaging 3.2 makes per game this season. The seniors 10.8 points per game is also leading the Wildcats this season.
| NMU VERSUS HILLSDALE
The Wildcats snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Chargers last season with an 80-68 victory in Hillsdale and now leads the all-time series 33-27. The Chargers are 6-4 on the season and hav won their past three contests. They take on Lewis University Tuesday night.
| NMU VERSUS RIPON
The Wildcats are 7-0 all time over the Red Hawks with Saturday's game being the first meeting since the 1990-91 season. The Division III program comes into the game at 5-4 on the season but are in the midst of a three-game losing streak.
| 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.