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).
SCOUTING PURDUE NORTHWEST
--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.
SCOUTING NORTHERN MICHIGAN
--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.
SERIES HISTORY VS. NORTHERN MICHIGAN
--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.