NMU men’s basketball: Big run sparks Wildcats to second-straight GLIAC win

MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University used an 18-0 run that ended early in the second half to post its second straight GLIAC men’s basketball victory, a 75-52 decision over Ohio Dominican at the Berry Events Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats had the game’s top three scorers – junior Justin Newell with 16 points, and freshman Marcus Hall and junior Chavis Mattison with 13 apiece – to improve to 2-4 in the GLIAC and 3-7 overall.

ODU is 1-5 and 3-7 after losing for the fourth time without a win all-time against Northern.

NMU fell behind 15-6 in the game’s first 8 1/2 minutes and still trailed 20-15 about 7 1/2 minutes before halftime.

But without Newell scoring a point, the Wildcats turned the deficit into a 31-20 halftime lead and made it 18 straight points and a 33-20 advantage less than a minute into the second half.

The Panthers never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way as Northern upped its lead to as many as 25 points.

“We came out … and played really flat in the first 10 minutes. Nothing went right,” NMU head coach Bill Sall said. “A month and a half ago, if we would have come out like that, we would have lost that game.

“But in the final 10 minutes of the first half, they just scratched and clawed and did everything they could. It wasn’t very pretty, but they did everything they could when you didn’t start very well to win.

“And in the second half, we didn’t let up,” he added. “We came out and probably played the best half of basketball we have played all year.”

While the Wildcats shot a healthy 47 percent from the field (29 of 62), they got a big boost by winning the rebounding battle, 41-27, since they had been outrebounded so far this season.

Mattison pulled down 10 rebounds, sophomore Brandon Havercamp grabbed eight and 6-foot sophomore point guard Terry Nash snared seven,

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.