MARQUETTE, Mich. – After a stunning win against U.P.-rival Michigan Tech on Saturday (Feb. 2), the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team continues play at home this weekend. NMU faces Grand Valley State on Thursday (Feb. 7) and Ferris State on Saturday (Feb. 9) in two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games. Tip-off for Thursday’s game is at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday’s is scheduled for 11 a.m.
NMU is 5-14 overall and 4-11 in the GLIAC after defeating the Huskies, 59-55 on Saturday from the Berry Events Center. With the win, the Wildcats snapped its six-game losing streak. Junior forward Matthew Craggs finished the game with a game-high 20 points, scoring in the double figures in 17 of the 18 games he’s played in this season.
Craggs leads NMU averaging 14.6 points per game and adds 5.8 rebounds. Senior forward TJ Cameron shoots 46.8 percent from beyond the arc, for third place in the conference. Sophomore forward Kendall Jackson is the top rebounder with a 6.3 average.
Grand Valley State (14-5, 11-4 GLIAC) enters Thursday’s game on a two-game losing streak after falling on the road at Ferris State, 59-58 on Saturday. The Bulldogs took the one-point lead with 23 seconds remaining in the game for the victory.
Ryan Sabin averages 11.0 points per game for the Lakers. Kristers Zeidaks (5.8) and Tyron Lee (5.1) lead in rebounds.
The Lakers lead the all-time series against the Wildcats, 41-32, including a 43-41 victory earlier this season (Jan. 10) from Allendale, Mich. The two teams split the series last season, each winning on its home court.
The Bulldogs (11-9, 10-5 GLIAC) are currently on a three-game winning stretch after its win over GVSU. Kenny Brown leads the way averaging 17.2 points per game, with Drew Lehman (13.9) and Daniel Sutherlin (11.3) rounding out the double digits. Sutherlin takes down 6.5 rebounds per game, and Jared Stolicker averages 6.4.
NMU is 66-54 against Ferris State after falling to the Bulldogs, 51-41 on Jan. 12. The Wildcats haven’t won a match up against FSU since the 2007-08 season when NMU won 71-57 in Marquette.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Saturday’s game in participation of the Pink Wave. All net profits from Saturday’s men’s and women’s basketball games and hockey game will be donated to Cancer Care of Marquette.
100.3 FM “The Point”, the official radio voice of the NMU Wildcats, will broadcast both games.
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