MARQUETTE , Mich. â?? In its third consecutive home game, the Northern Michigan University men's basketball team faced a tough opponent in the Lewis University Flyers. The Wildcats put up a good fight but were defeated on Sunday (Nov. 24) afternoon from the Berry Events Center. Lewis University took the non-conference game, 78-68. The Wildcats fall to 1-3 on the season.
The Flyers (3-0) led the game from the start, going up 5-0 before the Wildcats got on the board with a jumper by junior forward Chavis Mattison . Lewis held its largest lead of the half, by 14 (27-13) with 6:12 remaining in the half. With a minute left in the half, NMU cut the deficit to just six after a layup by sophomore guard Terry Nash and a jumper by junior guard Larry Taylor . The Flyers held the 35-29 advantage at the break.
In the second half, the Flyers led by 21 points with 8:40 remaining and held a 10 or more point lead until there was 1:20 left in the half. Trailing by 11, a three pointer by junior forward Justin Newell put the NMU deficit down to just eight (74-66). On the next play, Lewis was fouled and sent to the free throw line, making two shots to regain a 10 point lead (76-66). With 56 ticks left on the clock, freshman forward Dorrell Foster nailed a two pointer to cut the Lewis lead back to eight. However, the Flyers were sent back to the free throw line, making two to close out the game.
Nash led the Wildcats with 18 points on six two-pointers, a three pointer and was 3-for-8 from the free throw line. Newell added 17 and Mattison had 13. Newell also led on the boards with eight total, four offensive and four defensive. NMU out-rebounded the Flyers, 30-28.
Lewis was led by Julian Lewis with 22 points. Ryan Jackson (18), Jeff Jarosz (13) and Gabe Williams (10) all entered the scoring column in double digits. Lewis also led in rebounds with seven.
The Wildcats take the Thanksgiving week off before returning back to the Berry Events Center on Dec. 5 in their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game of the season against Walsh University.