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Another GLIAC Test Looms as Pride to Face Northern Michigan

Another GLIAC Test Looms as Pride to Face Northern Michigan
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Another GLIAC Test Looms as Pride to Face Northern Michigan

MARQUETTE, Mich. -- The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division's top team is set to host the Purdue Northwest Pride (3-5, 0-2 GLIAC). PNW will take on the Northern Michigan Wildcats in a road conference contest Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 pm (CST).



--The Pride are off to a 3-5 start, and got back in the win column Tuesday when they defeated Moody Bible Institute 113-45 on John Friend Court. 

--Five Players scored in double figures as the Pride offense rolled to its third 100-point performance of the season. 

--Dean Tate leads the team with a 13.6 points per game average, and his 84.6% from the free throw line is good for eighth in the conference among qualified players. Tate also averages 2.0 steals per game, which puts him fourth in the GLIAC.

--Durante Lee is shooting 82% on the season, which is the best among GLIAC players and among the best in the nation. Lee went 5-5 in Tuesday's win over the Archers.

--Chase Rankin had 12 points and came up one assist shy of a double-double in the victory Tuesday. It was Rankin's first career collegiate start.



--The Wildcats are coming off a 15-13 season overall, and a 12-8 record in GLIAC play. NMU was defeated in the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals by Ashland University 83-72 in overtime. Returning to Marquette this season are two seniors who earned first-team All-GLIAC honors in 2017-18: Isaiah Johnson and Naba Echols.

--With a 6-1 record overall, Northern Michigan was undefeated heading into conference play but fell at Northwood 76-64. They bounced back 
Saturday and defeated Saginaw Valley State 67-59.

--Johnson put up 31 points in the team's most recent victory on the road against Saginaw, and is leading the GLIAC with a 25.0 PPG average. Echols is third in the conference with 18.9 points per contest. 



--PNW and Northern Michigan will be meeting for the third time in a series that dates back to the 2016-17 season.

--NMU leads the series 2-0, with the most recent meeting coming Feb. 1, 2018 at the Berry Events Center.

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