NMU men fall to Parkside in OT

By Journal Sports Staff

KENOSHA, Wis. — Heading into Thursday’s game against Wisconsin Parkside, the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team was on a three-game winning streak and a win over the Rangers would put the Wildcats in a tie with them for second place in the GLIAC North standings.

However, despite having three players finish in double-figures, NMU came up short, falling 71-65 in overtime. Isaiah Johnson led the Wildcats with 21 points, while Naba Echols had 18 points and Troy Summers had 12.

Tied 56-56 to start the extra session, the Rangers opened it up with six straight points, but a Johnson layup with 2:20 left got the Wildcats (11-8, 6-6 GLIAC) within three of Parkside at 63-60. Echols knocked down a triple with 1:01 left to keep NMU alive in the game, but the Rangers hit their free throws down the stretch to close out the win.

The Wildcats opened up the game strong and an Echols trey gave them an 8-2 with 16:53 left in the first half. Parkside got within one point of NMU on a layup by Chavares Flannigan, but Northern started to build up a lead again. Myles Howard put in a layup with 7:45 left to put the Wildcats up 20-14, but the Rangers got their deficit down to one with 6:43 remaining and took the lead at 22-20 shortly after that on a 3-pointer by D’Aaron Owens. After Parkside got a triple from Jonathan Morrobel, NMU started to fight its way back. A trey from Johnson and a jumper from Howard got the Wildcats within one of the Rangers and then a triple from Echols with 44 seconds left gave Northern a 30-28 lead at the half.

Parkside started the second half hot, building up a decent lead, but the Wildcats rallied to tie the game at 41-41 on a 3-pointer by Sam Taylor with 9:58 left. The game went back and forth for the rest of the half before four free throws from Johnson helped NMU got up by five at 56-51 with 2:11 left. However, the Rangers got a trey from Adam Bonk and then a jumper from Flanigan to tie the game and send it to overtime.

NMU will try to bounce back when it heads to Purdue Northwest Saturday.

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