MARQUETTE, Mich. – Thursday night will mark the 92nd meeting between Northern Michigan (7-14, 2-12 GLIAC) and Lake Superior State (13-8, 7-7 GLIAC) in its Upper Peninsula men’s basketball rivalry. The Wildcats will take the trip to Sault St. Marie looking for their eighth win of the season and a split in this year’s series with the Lakers.
Jared Benson and DeAndre Taylor continue to pace the ‘Cats. Benson is currently ranked 10th in scoring in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) averaging 15.3 points per game. Taylor is ranked 17th, averaging 13.9 points. Taylor netted 18 points in the first meeting. Benson’s .602 shooting percentage ranks him first in the conference this season.
The Lakers are currently on a three-game losing streak after falling to Grand Valley State on Saturday in overtime, 63-69. Senior guard Micah Hudson has averaged 15.8 points per game since the Lakers lost scoring leader Kyle Hunt to an injury. Hudson is averaging 11.8 points per game for the season. Derek Billing, who is averaging 7.0 points for the year, has contributed 10.8 points during the Lakers’ last four games, while sophomore guard Khalid Wells has scored 11.5 points, which is up from his season average of 6.3 points.
LSSU defeated NMU back on Jan. 15 (79-73) in Marquette. Heading into the Bud Cooper Gymnasium the ‘Cats are 63-29 all-time, but have not been victorious since Feb. 8, 2007.
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