MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University men's basketball team saw the return of redshirt freshman Terry Nash on Sunday night in a 64-54 loss at Lewis University in Illinois, only to learn Wednesday its starting point guard would be returning to the bench.
Head coach Doug Lewis tweeted Wednesday evening at twitter.com/coachlew12 that Nash was "out for the season" with a "fractured foot" after shooting 1 of 6 from the field for two points and just one assist in 21 minutes against Lewis.
Nash, who was forced to sit out all of last season as well, has only appeared in four of the Wildcats' 10 games this season. His average of 9.5 points per game is third on the team while his field goal percentage of .515 is second.
With the other half of its backcourt - sophomore Haki Stampley - also out this season due to an illness, NMU sits at 2-8 overall and 1-5 in the GLIAC with its final 16 games against league rivals.
Nine of those contests will be played at the Berry Events Center, starting this afternoon against Ashland. Tip off is at 5:30 p.m.
The Wildcats also host Lake Erie College at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Junior forward Matt Craggs continues to lead Northern in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game while junior forward Scooter Johnson is averaging 10.9 points, often times coming off the bench. He did not play, however, against Lewis on Sunday.
On the boards, sophomore Kendall Jackson leads the 'Cats with an average of 6.5 rebounds per night, followed by Craggs at 5.7 and Johnson at 5.3.
Ashland (4-5 overall, 2-4 in GLIAC) is led by Evan Yates, who is averaging a double-double with 15.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.
Lake Erie (4-5 overall, 1-4 in GLIAC) has three players averaging double figures, led by Rich Austin with 13.4 points per game, Riley Thomas with 12.9 and Jamil Dudley 12.7.