MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan men’s basketball team looks to snap its longest losing streak of the season this week, when it hosts Upper Peninsula rival Lake Superior State on Thursday (Feb. 9) at the Berry Events Center.
The Wildcats enter the matchup at 8-13 on the season and 4-10 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. NMU has dropped five straight coming into the contest including a 72-55 defeat against Wayne State (Feb. 2) and an 85-76 defeat against Findlay (Feb. 4).
Senior guard DeAndre Taylor led the ‘Cats last week, averaging 18 points and nine rebounds in the two losses. Freshman guard Quinten Calloway contributed a career-high 24 points in the loss to Findlay in just his second start in returning from an injury.
The Lakers enter the contest at 10-11 on the season and 5-9 in the GLIAC. LSSU sits in sixth place in the north division, one game ahead of NMU. LSSU fell twice last week on its road trip, dropping a 73-64 decision at Ferris State and a 75-63 contest at Grand Valley State.
The ‘Cats defeated the Lakers earlier this season in Sault Ste. Marie, 63-55 back on Jan. 14.
NMU snapped an eight-game skid against LSSU with the win and limited the Lakers to shoot just 28.6 percent from the field. Taylor paced the ‘Cats with 19 points and three assists while senior center Jared Benson netted a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards.
The ‘Cats are 62-30 all-time against the Lakers dating back to the 1947-48 season.
Thursday’s game is part of a doubleheader, with the women’s game set to tipoff at 5:30 p.m.
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