Northern men’s hoops comes up empty downstate with loss to WSU

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team came up empty downstate over the weekend, following up a 57-51 loss at Saginaw Valley State with a 66-46 defeat at Wayne State on Saturday.

Northern (5-18 overall, 4-15 in GLIAC) led briefly, 9-8, in the first half via a 3-pointer by Scooter Johnson, but otherwise trailed the rest of the afternoon, including 28-13 at halftime.

The Warriors (15-6, 14-4) led by as many as 23 points in the second half with the closest NMU ever came to tying WSU being 13 points.

Johnson, a junior, led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points. Freshman Stephan Pelkofer had 12 points and sophomore Kendall Jackson had 11 points to go with his seven rebounds.

NMU out-rebounded the ‘Cats 29-27.

For the Warriors, Ian Larkin and Chene Phillips led with 16 points apiece. Gerald Williams-Taylor added 11 and Coleman with 10. Larkin pulled down seven rebounds.

The Wildcats play in their final home series of the season starting Thursday against Lake Superior State and Northwood on Saturday at the Berry Events Center.