MARQUETTE, Mi. The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team kept #8 Ferris State University to their lowest total of the season but were unable to upset the Bulldogs as NMU fell 61-48 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action Thursday night.
Sophomore Troy Summers (Grayling, Mich.) led the way with 20 points and was second on the team with eight rebounds and two steals. He also drew nine fouls in the game. Sophomore Dolapo Olayinka (Chicago, Ill.) added 10 points along with five rebounds.
Senior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) grabbed a team high 10 rebounds and added a block as well. Howard is now 16 blocks away from the school record.
Freshman Noah Parcher (La Crosse, Wis.) chipped in with seven points and three assists.
FSU scored the first five points before Parcher got NMU on the board with a jumper. Summers narrowed the gap with a score in the paint before Parcher added a free throw to tie the game at 5-5 six minutes into the game.
The Bulldogs followed with six points before senior Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls, Mich.) hit a three pointer and Summers scored again. Matelski then scored again to give the Wildcats a 12-11 lead at the 10:31 mark for the first NMU lead of the game.
After Ferris State took the lead back, Olayinka scored and Parcher sank a free throw to tie it, then added another from the charity stripe to put NMU up 16-15 at the 17:53 mark. The Bulldogs responded with another run which Summers stopped with a basket to make it a 22-18 FSU lead with six minutes to go.
On the next NMU possession, Olayinka dunked in a rebound to make it 22-20, but the Bulldogs answered with a three. Olayinka responded with a basket. To close out the half, Olayinka and Fruin both made layups but FSU managed to take a 30-24 lead into the break.
To start the second half, Fruin scored and Olayinka followed with the and-one to pull within one, 30-29 less than a minute into the half. However, Ferris State replied with five points, then added five more after a pair of Parcher free throws to take a 40-31 lead a little over four minutes into the half.
Summers scored twice on each side of two free throws from FSU then followed a free throw from senior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) with three layups while the Bulldogs scored just three points to make the FSU lead 43-42 with 13 minutes to go.
After an FSU basket, Howard dunked and Olayinka put in a free throw to tie it at 45-45 with 10:10 on the clock. However, the Bulldogs responded by closing out the game on a 16-3 to take a 61-48 victory.
The Wildcats fall to 7-9 this season and are now 4-4 in the GLIAC while Ferris State improves 18-2 overall and 7-1 in the league play. NMU returns to action Saturday afternoon to host Lake Superior State University at 1 p.m.