MARQUETTE, Mich. –The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team will host a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games for the final time this season. First up for the ‘Cats (7-15, 2-13 GLIAC) will be a matchup with Lake Erie College (5-17, 1-14 GLIAC). Saturday afternoon NMU will host Ashland University (12-10, 6-9 GLIAC). Thursday’s game is set for 5:30 p.m. with a 1 p.m. start time on Saturday.
This will be the first time in school history NMU faces Lake Erie. LEC is in its first year competing in the GLIAC. Saturday will also be the only time this season that the ‘Cats will face Ashland. The Eagles lead the all-time series 10-7 and NMU has not won (75-67) since Feb. 5, 2009.
NMU will try to end its three-game losing streak with help from Jared Benson (15.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and DeAndre Taylor (13.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg), who have led the ‘Cats all season. Benson is currently ranked 10th in the GLIAC in scoring and second in field-goal-percentage (60.1). Taylor is second in the conference with 41 steals. Freshmen duo Matt Everson and Matthew Craggs have put in their dues as rookies this season. Everson is seventh in the GLIAC in assists averaging 3.5 a game while Craggs is third on the team in scoring averaging 8.9 ppg.
The Storm will make their first trip to Marquette, currently on an eight-game losing streak. LEC is led by Ethan Bradshaw (15.9 ppg) and Garrick Sims (8.6 ppg.) Bradshaw is sixth in the conference in scoring and Sims is fifth in the GLIAC in rebounding (7.1 rpg.).
Ashland has two players scoring in double figures this season in Kale Richardson (15.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg.) and Evan Yates (13.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg). The Eagles are coming off an 83-67 loss to Ferris State. Prior to that loss, Ashland won four games in row averaging 83 ppg. So far this season, Ashland is winless in the Upper Peninsula, losing (80-64) at Lake Superior State on Jan. 22. Ashland will face Michigan Tech Thursday night in Houghton.
Thursday night’s game will be the GLIAC's “Pink Wave” game for Northern Michigan basketball. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) “Think Pink” is being held from Jan. 22-Feb. 26, and the initiative is a global unified effort for the WBCA’s nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Players will wear pink shoelaces and pink t-shirts for warm-ups.
Ryan Beckman brings you all the action on 100.3 FM “The Point.” An internet broadcast can be found at: http://webb.nmu.edu/SportsAthletics/SiteSections/ForCatFans/GameBroadcasts.shtml
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