KENOSHA, Wi. Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball visited University of Wisconsin Parkside Saturday afternoon but fell in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest 78-60.
Senior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) led the Wildcats with 17 points. Sophomore Dolapo Olayinka (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in with 12 points. They both also had three rebounds and two assists.
Junior Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) added nine points, four rebounds and also had two assists.
Senior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) tallied five points and five rebounds while freshman Noah Parcher (La Crosse, Wis.) also finished with five points.
THE FIRST HALF
Freshman Justin Kuehl (Iron Ridge, Wis.) scored the first basket of the game but the Rangers answered with four points. Kuehl tied the game three minutes in to make it 4-4. Parkside responded with nine points before Taylor made a jumper then answered a UWP three with his own three pointer to make the score 16-9 at the 13:27 mark.
Senior Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) exchanged threes with Parkside before the hosts scored five points to make it 24-12. At 11:04, Howard made a jumper. After a Parkside basket, sophomore Troy Summers (Grayling, Mich.) sank a free throw. With nine minutes to go in the half, Taylor scored twice but the Rangers added three scores to move head 32-19 with 7:36 to go in the half.
Fruin made a layup and Taylor followed with a three to cut the lead down to 32-24 but Parkside rallied to end the half and held a 44-29 lead going into halftime.
The rally continued for the Rangers out to a 48-29 lead two minutes into the second half. NMU managed to cut the lead down to 10 points, 51-41, with a Parcher layup at the 12 minute mark, but the hosts answered and extended their lead on the way to a 78-60 victory.
NMU falls to 7-8 on the season and are now 4-3 in the GLIAC while Parkside is 8-7 and 4-3 in the GLIAC. The Wildcats now return to the Berry Events Center to host Ferris State University Thursday night.