NMU men’s hoops: Victory slips through grasp of Wildcats

MIDLAND – Despite holding the lead for six straight minutes late in the game, victory slipped through Northern Michigan University’s grasp in the final 30 seconds as Northwood posted a 68-67 victory in men’s basketball action on Saturday evening.

The lead changed hands for the 17th time when the Wildcats sophomore Terry Nash sank a 3-point jumper with 6:48 to go to give his team a 58-57 edge.

It seemingly was enough as Northern kept the lead for the longest streak of the game, 6:20, upping its advantage to as many as five points with 4:55 to go on junior Justin Newell’s triple.

But the Timberwolves completed a 9-3 run the rest of the way when Dylan Langkabel made a layup with 28 second to go for the final margin.

Northwood’s Tony Johnson stole the ball from ‘Cats’ junior Ethan Blackwell with eight seconds to go to effectively seal the result.

NMU lost despite make two-thirds, 14 of 21, of its 3-point attempts, which looked especially good compared to Northwood’s paltry 29 percent (5 of 17) from long range.

But the Wildcats went to the free-throw line just three times, though they made all three, while NI was 13 of 21 there.

Newell led NMU, now 5-20 overall and 4-17 in the GLIAC, with 20 points, including 6 of 8 on triples. Freshman Marcus Hall added 16 points, Blackwell 14 and Nash 13. Senior teammate Michael Smith pulled down a team-high seven rebounds though he didn’t score.

For Northwood, a team firmly ensconced in the GLIAC postseason tournament at 13-8 in the league and 17-12 overall, Wes Wilcox scored 24 points, while Will Bowles added 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

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