NMU men’s hoops: Wildcats fall 56-55 to last-place SVSU

UNIVERSITY CENTER – Despite team highs in points and rebounds turned in by junior forward Chavis Mattison, the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team fell at Saginaw Valley State, 56-55, on Thursday night.

Mattison scored 17 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds as the Wildcats fell to 4-11 overall and 3-8 in the GLIAC. The Cardinals remain in last place in the GLIAC North at 6-9 overall and 2-9 in league contests.

Junior guard Ethan Blackwell hit on a 3-pointer with three seconds left, but it left NMU a point short after SVSU’s Garrett Hall made a pair of free throws just three seconds before that. Blackwell finished with 14 points and six assists.

Northern held a 35-24 rebounding edge and made four more shots from the field, but SVSU was 10 of 16 at the free-throw line while NMU was just 2 of 4.

After Mattison hit a 3-pointer with less than four minutes elapsed, NMU led 9-0. The ‘Cats still had a 24-16 advantage when Blackwell hit his own triple with 5:37 left before halftime, but the Cardinals finished the half on an 18-9 run to take a 34-33 lead into intermission.