MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Wildcat men's basketball program close out its 2019-20 regular season this weekend when they host Michigan Tech, Thursday, February 27.
Tip off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.
During halftime, NMU SAAC will be hosting a half court shot contest. Fans are encouraged to come down on the court for their chance at a half court shot. The cost is just $1 per shot and all proceeds will go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Fans can follow the action using video, live stats and audio.
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THURSDAY VS. MICHIGAN TECH
| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcat men are coming off a weekend split with No. 21 Grand Valley State University and Davenport University, both of which went to overtime.
NMU led most of Thursday night's game against the Lakers but were unable to hang on in the final seconds of regulation as GVSU tied things up with 0.2 seconds remaining to send it to an extra period.
After Alec Fruin knotted things up with 2.1 seconds left in the overtime period, the Wildcats got the ball back off a Laker turnover but they were unable to name a champion after the first overtime as the Wildcats' last chance shot at the buzzer tapped the rim and fell wide, tied up 74-74, after 45 minutes of play and a second overtime period began.
With 4.4 seconds left in the second overtime and the Wildcats down by three, Fruin tried his impressive shooting skills once more from half court but his shot hit the backboard and fell just outside the basket as the Lakers won, 82-79.
The following game proved just as exciting when the Wildcats rallied in the final minutes of regulation. With 14.4 seconds left in regulation, Dolapo Olayinka sent home a heroic three-pointer from the far wing to tie things at 68-all.
He then went on to score seven of the team's 12 points in the overtime period to lead them to the 80-74 victory and weekend split.
| SENIOR NIGHT
The last time they were on the road, Matelski net a career-high 23 points at Lake Superior State University, bringing his career total to 611 points over four years at NMU in 102 career games.
Earlier this year, Taylor eclipsed the 1,000 point marker, becoming just the 33rd player in school history to do so. Heading into the final regular season game of his career, Taylor boasts 1,086 and ranks 27th all-time among Wildcats.
At the beginning of the month, Myles Howard blocked his 213th career shot, setting a new program record. As the team prepares for its final regular season game of the year, Howard sits with 226 career blocked shots.
| NMU VERSUS MICHIGAN TECH
The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the Huskies, 133-81, including 3-0 since the start of the 2018-19 season.
Helping out offensively, Sam Taylor led the team in assists with three.
| 50 YEARS OF WOMEN'S SPORTS
Throughout the 2019-20 season, NMU will celebrate the history of Women's Sports at Northern Michigan. Fans are encouraged to contribute with their favorite and most memorable moments and athletes of NMU women's sports. Please go to THIS LINK to contribute your favorite or most memorable moment and athletes. More information on this year's celebration can be found HERE.