NMU men’s basketball team looking for season splits at SVSU, Wayne St.

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team will attempt to avenge two GLIAC losses from the month of January at 6 tonight at Saginaw Valley State and 1 p.m. Saturday at Wayne State.

NMU (5-16 overall, 4-13 in GLIAC) lost 56-51 to Saginaw Valley State (9-11 overall, 7-10 GLIAC) on Jan. 17 despite 21 points from junior forward Matthew Craggs, who leads NMU in scoring by averaging 14.2 points per game.

The Wildcats trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half, but were able to cut the SVSU lead to three.

Chris Webb led SVSU with 15 points in the win and tops the Cardinals in scoring, averaging 16.5 points per game.

Bret Beland leads SVSU in rebounding, averaging 12.3 boards per game, but was held to one against NMU.

The ‘Cats led Wayne State (14-5 overall, 13-3 GLIAC) by 25-22 at halftime on Jan. 19 before falling 65-59. NMU led the game by as many as eight points in the second half and had four players score in double figures.

Senior forward TJ Cameron and sophomore forward Kendall Jackson both had 15 points, freshman guard Stephen Pelkofer tossed in 14 and Craggs netted 11.

The Warriors, who lead the GLIAC North Division, had two players with 20 or more points. Ian Larkin scored a game-high 24 points and Mike Hollingsworth notched 20.

Larkin averages 14.1 points per game, while Hollingsworth is averaging 14.7 points per game.