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Sunday May 19, 2019
SPLIT DECISION: Northern Men Win; Women Fall

The following stories are courtesy of NMU Sports Information.


MARQUETTE---Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball outscored the University of Minneapolis-Duluth 39-17 in the second half on their way to a 64-52 victory to give the Wildcats their first 3-0 start since the 2008-09 season. 

Seniors Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) and Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) led the team with 18 points each.  Junior Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) added eight points. 

Johnson and junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) both finished the game with seven rebounds. Junior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) posted six rebounds and also led the Wildcats with five assists. Echols notched three assists.

Johnson and junior Kenton Mack (Algonquin, Ill.) had two steals each.

Echols put NMU on the board with a three-pointer but the Bulldogs answered and took an 8-3 lead before sophomore Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) hit a three followed by an Echols layup to tie it at 8-8 five minutes into the game.

UMD went ahead 12-8 when sophomore Dolapo Olayinka (Chicago, Ill.) hit a free throw. After another Bulldog basket, Matelski hit a three to make it 14-12. Olayinka then hit another free throw to make it 14-13 at the 9:52 mark.

Out of the media timeout, Olayinka hit another free throw to tie the score. UMD made two baskets to go up 18-14, but Olayinka threw down a dunk.  The Bulldogs answered with a three to make it 21-16 with 7:22 left in the half. 

Johnson and the guests traded baskets, and Johnson followed a UMD three with a jumper and two free throws to move the score to 26-22 with 3:26 to go. 

With the score 30-22, Matelski hit a second three-pointer of the half, but the Bulldogs added five points to end the half with a 35-25 lead.

Echols opened the second half with a layup and a jumper to move NMU closer, then Johnson made a three to make it 35-32 less than three minutes into the second half.

The teams traded free throws, then Taylor tied the score, 36-36 with 15:19 on the clock.

The teams exchanged makes to 40-40 when Echols hit a three-pointer to give NMU back the lead, 43-40 at the 10:35 mark.

UMD made a basket, but Johnson made a free throw followed by an Echols layup and Johnson then made a layup and free throw to take a 49-42 lead. The Bulldogs answered and pulled within 49-47 but Johnson responded with a three-pointer, making the score 52-47 with just over five minutes to play.

With less than four minutes to play, Howard made a layup.  After a Bulldog basket, Johnson and Howard hit jumpers moving the lead up to 58-49 with 1:42 to play.  UMD sank two free throws but Echols made a layup and two free throws, making it 62-51.

Howard made two more free throws, and a UMD free throw made the final score 64-52.

NMU improves to 3-0 on the season will return to action next week by taking on Ohio Dominican University at Hillsdale Thanksgiving Tournament November 20. 


The Northern Michigan University Women's Basketball team suffered the first setback of the season as they fell 51-45 to the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Leading the Wildcats was senior Taylor Hodell (Wausau, Wis.), who finished with 14 points and tied for the team's lead with six rebounds.  Sophomore Lexi Smith (St. Germain, Wis.) added eight points.  Junior Erin Honkala (Howell, Mich.) chipped in with six points.

Hodell, Honkala and senior Darby Youngstrom (Cook, Minn.) each grabbed six rebounds.  Youngstrom and senior Sydney Dillinger (Houghton, Mich.) finished the game with two assists each.

As a team, NMU finished the game 16-18 from the free throw line and held the Bulldogs to just three free throw opportunities. They also outrebounded UMD 41-21.

Junior Jessica Schultz (Mineral Point, Wis.) converted the and-one opportunity on the first possession of the game to give NMU a 3-0 lead.  Smith then extended the lead to 5-0 after a defensive stop.

The Bulldogs bounced back and tied it at 5-5 and then took a 10-5 lead with 4:32 to go in the quarter.  Smith sank two free throws to cut into the lead, but back-to-back three-pointers and a jumper put the guests up 18-7 with 1:45 to go in the first.

Honkala made the final points of the quarter with a three-pointer to made the score 18-10 as they entered the second quarter.

Hodell made two free throws early, but a jumper from UMD pushed their lead back up 20-12. Hodell sank two more free throws and followed it with two layups to make it a 20-18 deficit at the 5:29 mark.

However, the Bulldogs answered with a free throw and three-pointer to go back up 25-18. After the media timeout, they added another three-pointer to push their lead to 27-18.  Honkala cut into the lead with her second three of the game but a UMD three and layup to end the half put the visitors ahead 32-21 at the halftime break.

The Wildcats outscored the Bulldogs 12-5 to cut into the deficit throughout the third quarter.  Hodell began the rally with a layup and free throw for the old fashioned three-pointer.  After Dillinger made a free throw, UMD made a layup to make the score 34-25 with 7:29 on the clock.

Junior Baleigh Delorit (Algoma, Wis.) and freshman Emily Mueller (Fond du Lac, Wis.) hit jumpers and forced a Bulldog timeout with the score 34-29 at the five-minute mark. 

Mueller then sank two free throws but UMD responded with a three-pointer to make it 37-31. Schultz answered with two free throws to finish the quarter's scoring and the UMD lead was 37-33 as they teams entered the fourth quarter.

UMD made two jumpers to start the fourth quarter and then made another three-pointer to go up 44-33 less than two minutes into the frame.  Smith scored, but another UMD three had them winning 47-35.  Lutz made a three-pointer for NMU and then Hodell made a layup at the 4:29 mark to make the score 47-40.  With 3:31 on the clock, Hodell made a free throw but the Bulldogs responded with a layup.

At the 1:48 mark, Youngstrom made a jumper but UMD followed with a layup. Smith then made two free throws with 1:10 to play, but it would be the end of NMU's scoring as they fell 51-45.

The Wildcats fall to 2-1 on the season and will not return to action Friday afternoon as they host Minnesota State University-Mankato in the Berry Events Center. 

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