Wildcat men’s basketball team returns home looking for success

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team looks to recapture the success it found at the start of 2013 with a pair of GLIAC games against Saginaw Valley State at 5:30 p.m. today and against Wayne State at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Berry Events Center.

NMU (4-10 overall, 3-7 in GLIAC) opened the new year with wins over Ashland and Lake Erie College at home, but fell a week ago on the road at Grand Valley State, 43-41, and at Ferris State, 51-41.

The Wildcats, who sit last in the GLIAC, are a game and a half back of SVSU (6-6 overall, 4-5 in GLIAC) after the Cardinals lost to Lake Superior State and Wayne State last week.

The Warriors (10-2 overall, 9-0 in GLIAC) are perfect in league play having edged Northwood by three and blown out WSU by 34 last week.

Matthew Craggs, a junior, leads NMU in scoring with 14.2 points per game. He’s also the team’s leading rebounder, averaging 6.2 per outing with sophomore Kendall Jackson nabbing 5.7 boards per night.

For SVSU, Chris Webb is averaging 16.8 points per game while Rob Clark grabs a team-high 8.3 rebounds per night. Brett Beland averages 12.6 points per game.

Wayne State has a pair of players averaging over 15 points per game in Mike Hollingsworth at 15.3 and Chene Phillips at 15.8. Cole Prophet is scoring 11.9 per night and Ian Larkin is posting another 10.8 for a Warriors offense that averages 76.4 points per game.