Matelski’s 17 points not enough for NMU men

By Journal Sports Staff

ASHLAND, Ohio — Freshman Marcus Matelski sank five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Ashland from taking a 67-48 victory men’s basketball victory over Northern Michigan University on Saturday afternoon.

Matelski, a 6-foot-3 guard from Boyne Falls, was 5 of 8 from long range, pulled down three rebounds and didn’t turn the ball over in 28 minutes of court time.

After a fairly even first 20 minutes, Ashland finished the first half on a 9-2 run to take a 24-17 lead into intermission.

The Eagles (8-6 overall, 3-5 GLIAC) opened a 31-20 advantage in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the second half before the Wildcats (3-9, 1-6) made their final charge, scoring eight straight points on back-to-back triples by Matelski and a Naba Echols layup to pull within 31-28 with 15:33 to go.

But soon after, Ashland turned the tables with an 18-2 run that made it 52-32 with 5:47 remaining, and Northern never got closer than 15 points again.

Echols finished with 12 points and a team-high four assists, while Isaiah Johnson added 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

But the Wildcats had 17 turnovers and only got to the free-throw line three times, sinking two. Ashland was a perfect 14 of 14 at the charity stripe.

The Eagles were led by Boo Osborne with 21 points, all on 7-of-11 shooting from 3-point range.

NMU, sitting in the basement of the GLIAC North Division and 14th overall among 15 league teams, tries for its second conference win at Saginaw Valley State on Thursday evening, with a game at North-leading Wayne State on Saturday afternoon.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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