NMU men’s hoops: Wildcats fall to league-leading Lakers

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team fell to league-leading Lake Superior State, 76-61, on Thursday in Sault Ste Marie.

The Lakers (25-3 overall, 17-3 in the GLIAC) and Wildcats (5-19, 4-16) sit at opposite ends of the GLIAC North Division standings, with LSSU in first and NMU eighth.

“Lake State is a really good team, and I’m very happy with the way we played,” head coach Bill Sall said. “We missed some shots, played a little franticly, but just overall lost to a tough team.”

The Lakers jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first 10 minutes of play and extended the gap to a maximum of 16 points in the first half.

NMU was unable to catch the Lakers in the second half as LSSU held its lead through the remainder of the game for the win.

Freshman guard Marcus Hall led the ‘Cats with 13 points. Junior Chavis Mattison added 12 points, and junior Ethan Blackwell had 11.

The Wildcats shot 20 of 55 from the field for 36.4 percent and were 14 of 21 for 66.7 percent on free throws.

For the Lakers, Cameron Metz scored a team-high 23 points. Alex Williams had 15 and Derek Billing had 11.

LSSU shot 24-51 from the floor for a 47.1 field goal percentage.

Northern travels to Northwood for their final road matchup at 3 p.m. on Saturday