MARQUETTE, Mich. - Doug Lewis and his Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team will be at the Berry Event Center this weekend, trying to stay undefeated at home. NMU will take on U.P. rivals Michigan Tech in its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game. The game will take place this Saturday (Dec. 4) at 11 a.m., with the women’s game to follow. The times have been switched because of new rules instated by the GLIAC for the 2010-11 season.
NMU is 3-2 overall after a split in the Gary Miller Classic last weekend (Nov. 26-27), where they defeated Daemen, 82-80 on Friday (Nov. 26). The ‘Cats moved on to the championship game on Saturday (Nov. 27), and were defeated by tournament host Gannon, 79-68.
The ‘Cats recorded five players in double figures in the win over Daeman, junior Jared Benson led the team both nights with 19 points, and 22 points, respectively. Mylan Murphy and DeAndre Taylor each added 13 points to Friday’s victory. Raymont McElroy had 14, and Chris Paquin had 10.
Michigan Tech enters Saturday’s match up after a 71-62 victory over non-conference opponent UW-Parkside, improving the Huskies to 5-1 overall. The Huskies outscored UW-Parkside 49-to-23 in the second half. Leading the way for MTU were post players Ali Haidar and Mike Hojnacki. Hojnacki was named GLIAC North Division Player of the Week this past week. He averages 19.3 points per game, making him the second most in the GLIAC.
There will be a craft show in the Superior Dome on Saturday morning. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for preferred parking and to purchase tickets in advance. Game time is at 11 a.m. because of hockey’s home series with Western Michigan.
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