MARQUETTE, Mich. – The last time the Northern Michigan University and Michigan Tech men’s basketball teams got together in Marquette it was a four-overtime marathon. Tonight’s game just went 40 minutes as the Huskies downed the Wildcats 78-69 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener for both squads.
NMU falls to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the GLIAC. MTU improves to 3-2 and 1-0 respectively.
NMU’s only lead of the game was when Ricky Volcy connected on two free throws just 20 seconds into the game for the 2-0 edge. The Huskies went on a 16-3 run over the course of the next six plus minutes to take a 16-5 lead. Volcy made a lay-up with eight minutes left until half to cut the lead to 26-18. That was as close as the ‘Cats would get in the first half.
Volcy connected for three straight free throws at 6:59 of the second half to get the ‘Cats to within six at 60-54. Chris Warner gave the ‘Cats a chance with about two minutes left in the game when he made a lay-up to narrow the lead down to under 10 points (70-61). MTU made six free throws in the final 32 seconds of the game for the win.
Volcy led all scorers with 28 points. He added 13 rebounds for a double-double. Jake Suardini added 12 points. Tyler Kazmierkoski off the bench had 10 points. Kris Alpers led MTU with 19 points. Chris Warner had a game-high five assists.
Cold shooting hurt the ‘Cats as they shot 31 percent in the first half (9-29) and 38 percent (19-50) for the game from the floor. NMU was 6-18 from three-point land (33.3 percent). A combined 67 free throws were attempted for the game. NMU was 25-33 for 75.8 percent. The Huskies were 25-34 for 73.5 percent. Rebounds were even at 33.
NMU will face the sixth ranked team in NCAA II on Saturday (Dec. 2) at Findlay.
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