MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team will host a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games at home this weekend. First up for the ‘Cats (6-11, 1-9 GLIAC) will be tough contest against No. 17 Hillsdale College (14-2, 8-2 GLIAC). Saturday afternoon NMU will host Northwood University (6-12, 4-6 GLIAC). Thursday’s game is set for 5:30 p.m. with a 1 p.m. start time on Saturday.
The ‘Cats have been in a bit of a slump lately, losing their last six games. Three of those losses have been by seven or less points. NMU has not won since December 30 at Ohio Dominican (82-72).
Junior center Jared Benson continues to lead NMU in scoring with 14.9 points per game and has 19 blocks on the season. Benson still leads the conference in field-goal-percentage with 62.7 percent. Junior DeAndre Taylor is averaging 14.2 points and is second in the conference with 34 steals. During the slump Taylor has lead all NMU scores with his biggest performance coming against Tiffin, scoring 21 points. Sophomore Mylan Murphy recorded three blocked shots in the last game against Ferris State, moving his season total to 18.
Hillsdale comes to town averaging 77.1 points a game. Junior Brent Eaton, a UW-Green Bay transfer, leads the Chargers at 16.1 points per game. Junior Tyler Gerber has 93 assists on the season to go with his 12.1 points per game. Hillsdale is coming off a loss (68-77) to No. 4 Findlay. The Chargers other conference loss was to Wayne Sate (52-66). The Chargers have yet to lose a road game.
Saturday afternoon’s game against Northwood looks to be like a pretty balanced game for the two clubs. The Timberwolves have three players averaging in double figures this season. Junior Bobby Lewis leads the pack with 16.3 points per game and 7.2 rebounds a game this season. Sophomore Andrew VanDierenDonck is second on the team with 11.8 and Cameron Joyce has 9.2. Northwood leads the conference in 3-point shots made. For the season the T-Wolves average 8.3 threes per game, making 149 through 18 games.
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