Mattison’s Third Consecutive Double-Double Leads NMU Men’s Basketball Past Tech
Northern Michigan University men’s basketball held off a late Michigan Tech rally to hold onto a 67-62 win over the rival Huskies in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. Northern Michigan improved to 8-13 on the year with a 6-9 GLIAC record with the win, while Michigan Tech drops to 13-6 with a 10-5 conference mark. Senior forward Chavis Mattison recorded his third straight double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
NMU came out of the gates shooting hot as they went 14-23 (.609) from the field including 6-9 (.667) from beyond the arc in the opening half. After a 10-10 start the Wildcats dominated a majority of the first half using a 21-5 run to take a commanding 31-15 lead with 2:33 remaining in the half. Michigan Tech finished the final minutes by cutting down the deficit to a 10 point margin with a 36-26 score at the buzzer.
The defense also played strong in the opening half holding Tech to 9-23 (.391) shooting and outrebounding the Huskies 15-5. Mattison would score 12 points with eight rebounds in the first half off the bench.
The Wildcats continued to perform well in the first part of the second half as they extended their halftime lead out to a 55-39 advantage with 11:04 remaining in the game. The Michigan Tech offense then came to life as they went on a 16-4 run to bring the game to a 59-55 score and 4:05 on the clock.
Both offenses then went quiet until the final minute when the Huskies were forced to foul and send the Wildcats to the free throw line. In the final 44 seconds of the game NMU would go a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line to ice the game and put the final tally at 67-62.
Northern Michigan finished the game shooting 23-45 (.511) from the field including 9-19 (.474) from behind the three-point line and 12-16 (.750) at the charity stripe.
The Wildcats were also able to finish the contest outrebounding Michigan Tech 32-21 with nine offensive boards and 23 on the defensive end.
The NMU bench also brought some life to the offense outscoring the Michigan Tech bench by a 35-0 margin.
Michigan Tech guard Ben Stelzer finished with a game-high 37 points shooting 11-20 (.550) including 9-15 (.600) from beyond the arc and a perfect 6-6 at the free-throw line.
Freshman forward Cooper Radtke had a strong performance on the glass following Mattison with seven rebounds off the bench. Senior guard Terry Nash also logged a solid night scoring eight points and recording six assists.
Northern Michigan hits the road this weekend taking on Grand Valley State Thursday, Feb. 5 for an 8 p.m. tip and Ferris State Saturday, Feb. 7 for a 3 p.m. start time.
NMU Women’s Basketball Falls Short at No. 15 Michigan Tech
Northern Michigan University women’s basketball held a 20-19 halftime lead but No. 15 Michigan Tech was able to outscore the Wildcats in the second half for the 57-49 victory. NMU slides to 12-7 on the year with a 10-5 mark in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play, while the Huskies improved to 17-1 with a 13-1 conference record.
The first half would be a defensive and physical battle between the two teams. Michigan Tech led by five points on two different occasions for the largest lead of the half between the two teams. Both times Northern Michigan was able to go on quick runs to quickly make the game a close contest. Senior guard Lauren Gruberhit a pair of free throws to close out the half in favor of NMU at 20-19.
NMU held Tech to 9-28 (.321) shooting in the half, while the Wildcats could only manage 8-21 (.381) themselves. Senior forward Nea Makela led NMU with six points at the break after sinking a pair of three-point baskets in the opening half.
The second half proved to be a half of runs as Michigan Tech scoring the first eight points to retake the lead from Northern Michigan. The 27-20 MTU lead with 16:51 left drew an NMU timeout and out of the break NMU answered with a 10-2 run to take the lead right back at 30-29 with 13:23 left to play.
Michigan Tech then answered with a 13-3 run spanning nearly eight minutes that gave MTU a nine point lead at 42-33 and only 5:36 left on the clock.
Northern Michigan was able to cut the deficit down to as little as five after a pair of free throws from senior forward Abbey DeBruin, but the Huskies would go 7-8 from the free-throw line in the final minute and a half of the contest to ice the game for the 57-49 final.
Michigan Tech was able to outrebound Norhtern Michigan 32-26 pulling down 12 offensive rebounds. Northern Michigan finished the game shooting 17-40 (.425) from the field including 4-10 (.400) from beyond the arc.
Senior guard Alyssa Colla led Northern Michigan with 15 points going 5-7 (.714) from the field in the second half after missing most of the first half due to foul trouble. Makela and DeBruin each chipped in double-figures with 11 points apiece.
Northern Michigan hits the road this weekend as they travel to Grand Valley State Thursday, Feb. 5 for a 6 p.m.start time and Ferris State Saturday, Feb. 7 for a 1 p.m. tip.
Editor’s Note: These press releases were sent to Marquette Social Scene from the NMU Sports Information office.