Laker Men’s Basketball Fall to NMU on Sunday

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Lake Superior State University men’s basketball team (4-5, 3-1 GLIAC) fell on the road to the Northern Michigan Wildcats (8-3, 3-1 GLIAC) by a final score of 87-72 on Sunday. 

Kemon Bassett (Detroit, Mich.) would open up the scoring after cleaning up his own missed shot down low. The Wildcats would hit a pair of threes to take the lead, but Caden Ebeling (Shelby, Twp., Mich.) was able to hit a three of his own to lead the Lakers to a 5-0 scoring burst to retake the lead. Both teams continued to battle, including back-to-back tough baskets in the post from Kingsley Perkins (Ypsilanti, Mich.) on their way to a 21-21 tie. The Wildcats were able to pull ahead with a 7-2 run, but the Lakers would respond by ending the opening half on an 8-1 run of their own to go into the break trailing 36-39.

Caden Ebeling

The Wildcats came out swinging in the second half with a 10-0 run before Perkins ended the Laker drought with a hook shot in the post. C.J. Robinson (Clarkston, Mich.) would keep fighting to help the Lakers stay within striking distance, snagging a rebound and racing to score on the other end to help the Lakers to a 7-2 run to cut the lead down to eight going into the under-16 media timeout, but the Wildcats were able to pull back ahead to lead 61-45, forcing a timeout. Bassett and Ebeling were able to get a couple of quick baskets to fall, but Bassett would be called for his fifth foul with just over ten minutes remaining. Hunter Soper (Lexington, Mich.) would then take advantage of some extended minutes, stealing the ball away and converting a tough finish on the other end with a foul to help his team to a 7-0 run to get back to within single-digits. Both teams would go back and forth for the remainder of the contest, but the Wildcats would ultimately hold on to claim the 87-72 victory.

Ebeling led the way for the Lakers offensively with 23 points despite uncharacteristic struggles from the free throw line, and Robinson and Perkins would join him in double-digit scoring with 12 and 10 points respectively. 

The Lakers will look to bounce back on Saturday, Dec. 17 when they travel to Quincy, Ill. for the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home Classic with a pair of games against Southwest Baptist and the hosts, Quincy University, with tipoff for the first game scheduled for 1 p.m. Central Standard Time.

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