MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Wildcats began the game against UW-Stout on Wednesday night in a cold way. At one point about six minutes into the game the ‘Cats were shooting about six percent from the floor. They did turn it around and ended the first half with a 36.8 shooting percentage (14-38) from the floor and a 45-41 lead.
NMU won the game by a 95-71 count. The ‘Cats are now 4-5 overall on the season while the Blue Devils fall to 5-3. The ‘Cats ended the game with 18 three-pointers for a new NMU record. NMU made 17 three-pointers against Oakland during the 1987-88 season.
With almost eight minutes gone in the first half the Blue Devils held a 10-point lead (17-7). Over the next five plus minutes the ‘Cats went on a 16-6 run to tie the game at 23-all thanks to a Ricky Volcy jumper. With a little over two minutes left in the half the Blue Devils took the lead, but Volcy and Tyler Kazmierkoski answered with back-to-back three-pointers to give the ‘Cats a 41-36 edge. Jake Suardini scored the final four points for the ‘Cats before the half.
The second half saw NMU control the tempo and score. UW-Stout did tie the game at 45-all at 17:30. Will Washington banked in two three-pointers in a row to give the ‘Cats a 51-45 lead. At 15:28 the Blue Devils closed the gap to two points (52-50), but Kazmierkoski answered with another three-pointer. NMU put the game away with a 10-0 run over a three minute span to make the count 65-51.
Volcy ended the game with his third straight double-double as he ended the night with 33 points and 16 rebounds. He was 6-13 from the three-point line which is a career high. Washington had 23 points as he was 7-19 from the arc for a career high. Kazmierkoski ended the game with a career-high 15 points against his old school as he made all five of his three-point attempts. Suardini was the fourth ‘Cat in double-digits with 13 points. Chris Warner added a career-high 10 assists in the win. Jerrel Enerson-Matthews led the Blue Devils with 28 points.
NMU shot 42.9 percent (30-70) from the floor for the 40 minutes of action. The ‘Cats shot 41.9 percent (18-43) from the three-point line. From the free throw line the ‘Cats were 17-24 for 70.8 percent. NMU did have one more rebound than the Blue Devils at 42-41.
NMU will dive back into Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 16) against Ashland.
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