NMU Men's basketball falls short in second half rally
The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team used a 27-12 run in the second half to pull within three points with three minutes left, but the rally fell short as the Wildcats fell to the University of Alaska Anchorage 84-76 in their second game of the Seawolf Thanksgiving Classic.
Junior Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) was named to the All Throunament Team averaging 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 rebounds.
Senior Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) led the Wildcats with 17 points, hitting five three-pointers. Fruin finished with 15 points while seniors Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) and Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) added 10 points. Sophomore Naseer Turner (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in with 10 points.
Howard paced the team with six rebounds. Fruin dished out five assists and Taylor notched four. Parcher and Matelski each had three assists.
Redshirt freshman Ben Wolf (Naperville, Ill.) tallied three blocked shots with Howard posting two.
Howard hit a free throw to get NMU on the board and Matelski made a three to tie the score at 4-4 early in the first half. Parcher and Howard then hit back to back threes to give the Wildcats a 10-4 advantage just over three minutes into the game.
The Seawolves responded with their own nine-point run to go ahead 13-10 which Olayinka stopped with a layup. Taylor then added a free throw and a layup to make it 19-15. Wolf added a free throw which Howard followed with a layup but baskets from UAA made the score 28-18 at the 8:37 mark.
Howard followed two free throws by the Seawolves with another jumper but the hosts rallied to take a 39-20 lead before Parcher found Summers for the dunk and made it 39-22 with six minutes to go.
Fruin hit a jumper with a little less than four minutes on the clock to follow a UAA score. Wolf then converted the three-point play to answer a three with 2:33 on the clock which made the score 44-27. Fruin added another two jumpers around two free throws from the Seawolves to make the score 46-31 heading into the break.
A RUN IN THE SECOND
Parcher scored the first NMU points of the second half with a jumper but two baskets by the hosts extended their lead. Just over two minutes into the half Fruin added another jumper. A minute later, Summers scored inside but the Seawolves were able to push their lead out to 56-37 with 16:50 to go.
After a UAA basket, sophomore Naseer Turner (Chicago, Ill.) made a layup but the hosts answered with another score which made the score 60-40 with just under 14 minutes left.
The Wildcats responded with a 27-12 run started when Fruin hit a jumper and Matelski hit a three to follow a Seawolf score which made the score 62-45 with 11:51 to play.
A minute later, Fruin made another jumper but a layup by UAA made the score 64-47 with 10:08 to go. Wolf sank a free throw which Turner followed with a layup. After the Seawolves hit a layup and free throws, Fruin made a layup and Matelski followed with another three to make it 67-55 with eight minutes left to play.
UAA hit a three but Taylor answered with a jumper and Matelski made a layup before Fruin sank a free throw. With 4:44 left, Matelski and Taylor hit a three to answer two free throws from UAA. With three minutes left, Turner made a three to make the score 72-69.
However, the Wildcat run came to a halt with Alaska going on an 8-0 run. Howard stopped the run with two free throws and Matelski hit another three. With 28 seconds left, Taylor made a layup which brought the score to the 84-76 final.
NMU is now 3-3 on the season while the Seawolves move to 6-2 overall. The Wildcats will return to Marquette and will host their first games of the season inside the Berry Events Center Thursday evening as they welcome Northwood University to open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.