MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team closes out the 2012-13 season on Saturday (March 2). The Wildcats travel to Michigan Technological University for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division game. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. from the Student Development Center Gym.
Northern enters the week at 5-20 overall and 4-17 in the GLIAC after being swept in its final two home games over the weekend. Lake Superior State University took Thursday’s game, 58-41 and Northwood University won 69-66 on Saturday.
Junior forward Matthew Craggs continues to lead the way for the Wildcats with a 13.8 point average and is second on the team in rebounds with 5.5. He has scored in double figures in 21 games this season. Sophomore forward Kendall Jackson leads in rebounds with 6.2.
Seniors Joe Simon and TJ Cameron will play in their final games in the Green and Gold. Simon has appeared in 52 games in his three-season career. He has scored 125 points and pulled down 77 rebounds. Cameron has played two seasons and appeared in 49 games with NMU, starting 36. He has scored 361 points, pulled down 166 rebounds and tallied 74 assists.
MTU (18-7, 15-6 GLIAC) is in second place in the GLIAC North. The Huskies defeated Northwood 82-70 on Thursday and took the 79-78 buzzer-beating win over LSSU on Saturday. In Saturday’s game, the lead changed twice in the final three seconds of play. LSSU’s Derek Kinney sank a three pointer to tie the game with 1.6 left. A 70-foot pass from MTU’s Ben Stelzer cross court to T.J. Brown for the layup sealed the victory.
Ali Haidar averages 25.6 points per contest, and 9.7 rebounds for the highest average of both in the GLIAC. Stelzer (11.6) and Austin Armga (11.5) also average points in the double digits.
The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 131-70 against the Huskies, but have not won in Houghton since the 2009-10 season. Northern won the first game between the two teams in Marquette on Feb. 2, 59-55.
In the final 30 seconds of the game, the Wildcats led by two. MTU’s Matt Esters split a pair at the free throw line, cutting the lead to one. After freshman center Matt Iverson made two free throws, Stelzer missed the game-tying three with 15 seconds left. Jackson was sent to the free throw line, and put the game out of reach making the front end of two.
100.3 FM “The Point”, the official radio voice of the NMU Wildcats, will broadcast the game from Houghton.
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