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Northern Michigan University Wildcat men’s basketball winning streak halted at 3 with 78-60 loss at Wisconsin-Parkside

Sam Taylor

KENOSHA, Wis. — January had been great so far for the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team as it kicked off the second half of its season with three straight wins.

That streak came to an end Saturday as the Wildcats ran into a wall in the form of Wisconsin-Parkside.

The Rangers led almost from start to finish on their way to a 78-60 win.

Sam Taylor led NMU (7-8, 4-3 GLIAC) with 17 points, while teammate Dolapo Olayinka had 12.

Northern’s Justin Kuehl scored to start the game, but that’s the last time Northern held a lead.

Dolapo Olayinka

Tied 4-4, Parkside (8-7, 4-3) rattled off nine straight points before Taylor ended the run with a jumper.

Down 32-19 with 7:36 left in the half, the Wildcats tried to rally and were able to cut the Rangers’ lead to eight at 32-24 with 6:30 left thanks to a triple from Taylor and a layup from Alec Fruin.

However, Parkside got its advantage back up to double digits for a 44-29 advantage at halftime.

The Rangers continued to pile on in the second half.

NMU cut the deficit to 10 twice, the first time with 12:03 left on a jumper by Noah Parcher to make it 51-41 and the other with 9:27 remaining on a trey by Olayinka to make it 56-46.

That’s the closest the Wildcats got, though.

Northern returns home to host Ferris State at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Berry Events Center.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.

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