DULUTH, Minn. (WLUC) – Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball played an even first half Friday night when they visited the University of Minnesota Duluth, but were unable to take victory as the Bulldogs captured an 84-62 win.
Senior Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) led the NMU offense with 12 points, hitting four three pointers. Redshirt Freshman Ben Wolf (Naperville, Ill.) added 11 points.
Junior Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) tallied nine points and six rebounds while sophomore Dolapo Olayinka (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in with seven points. Sophomore Troy Summers (Grayling, Mich.) led the team with seven rebounds and aided the effort with six points.
NMU finished the game with 15 assists, getting three each from Fruin and Matelski to pace the Wildcats.
Wolf got the game started with a basket then after a Bulldog three, NMU rallied with a 7-0 run to take a 10-3 lead as Senior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) made a layup then Matelski hit back to back threes.
Duluth tied the score but NMU responded with five points from Fruin and a layup by Summers to take a 17-10 lead. The teams continued to trade points but a basket at the 6:16 mark gave Duluth their first lead, 22-21.
Freshman Noah Parcher (La Crosse, Wis.) hit a three to give the Wildcats back the lead with less than six minutes to play but the hosts tied the score, 24-24, with 4:37 left in the half. Fruin hit a jumper before Matelski sank another three to answer a short Duluth run, making the score 30-29.
After Duluth made a free throw, Fruin made a jumper with 44 seconds left in the half to send the game into a 31-31 tie at the break.
In the second half, MCK built a double figure lead which ultimately became a 69-46 victory for hosts.
The Bulldogs scored first in the second half but Wolf made the score 33-33 with a dunk. He then answered a short Duluth run with a layup to make it 38-35. However, the hosts answered with an extended run before senior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) made a three to make it 52-38.
Throughout the second half, Duluth was able to extend their lead on their way to a 84-62 victory.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday afternoon to take on Southwest Minnesota State University in Duluth.