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Men’s basketball wraps up season with twin losses

The NMU men’s basketball team hosted the final home game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 23, marking the last time on the Berry Events Center floor for two Wildcat seniors.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, NMU lost 41-58 against Lake Superior State. Following the loss, the ’Cats faced Northwood on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the last home game of the season. Senior forwards TJ Cameron and Joe Simon stepped off the Berry Events Center court for the last time with a 69-66 loss to the Timberwolves. Cameron had four points and five rebounds.

Simon, who scored a career-high 11 points, said it was not quite the ending he had hoped for, but he enjoyed being able to play as a Wildcat.
“I’d rather have come out with a win for the last game here at the Berry Events Center, and it’s kind of sad that we came out with a loss,” Simon said. “We came out with a lot of intensity, and the guys wanted to win for me and TJ in the end, but [Northwood] came out with some good plays.”

The ’Cats were ahead of the ’Wolves for a large majority of the game, coming off the halftime break ahead of Northwood, 26-22. Then, in the second period, the Wildcats spread the gap by as much as a 14-point lead with just under seven minutes remaining.
The Wildcats slowly lost the lead in the final four minutes of the game. With 3:10 left, Northwood’s freshman Dylan Langkabel sunk a three-pointer to bring the Timberwolves within five points of the ’Cats.
Junior forward Matt Craggs, who finished with the game-high 21 points, said that poor ball control hurt the ’Cats in the end.

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“We had a lot of key turnovers that slowed down our game,” Craggs said. “We couldn’t make a shot, we tried to slow it down to fix that, but it got us off rhythm.”

Northwood’s senior Wes Wilcox hit a three with 0:48 to tie the game at 66. NMU missed the opportunity to score on the next play, and Northwood’s senior Brooker Stoudmire put in one last three-pointer with five seconds left to finish the game, giving the Timberwolves the 69-66 victory.

Head coach Doug Lewis said he was proud of the hard work the men put in against Northwood following a tough 41-58 loss to Lake Superior State the Thursday before.

“It was a great effort after the bad effort on Thursday, and you’ve got to give them credit,” Lewis said. “It was an emotional loss, but now we need to regroup and keep playing the game. We played solid defense, we out-rebounded them and it was a great effort, but sometimes it’s not good enough if you don’t have focus. You have to be able to close up.”

The Thursday effort against Lake Superior State was a much different game for the ’Cats. An early deficit in the first half put the Wildcats down by 14 going into the second.

After the break, NMU came out with the first points of the half when Craggs dropped a three, putting the score at 24-35. However, the ’Cats did not score for over nine minutes during a long stretch in the final period.

Sophomore guard Quinten Calloway, who played his first game back after three games out on injury, said the game was difficult to stomach.
“It’s frustrating because we’re losing,” Calloway said. “We need to make plays. There was a stretch we couldn’t get a bucket.”

The men have one last game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 in Houghton against rival Michigan Tech. The Huskies, who are currently ranked No. 2 in the conference, lost 59-55 to the ’Cats at the Berry Events Center on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Following the final home game for the seniors, Lewis said he was proud of all the hard work they have put in.

“Joe Simon played well,” Lewis said. “He played inspired and gave us a lift. It shows you what type of kid he is, he’s a hardworking kid. TJ Cameron is a senior who comes to us in a situation where we are trying to rebuild a program. It shows what kind of character he has. He is going to be missed. [Looking forward to Tech], we can play with them. They’re playing for something and we’ve got to prepare.”

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