December 28, 2006
'Cats Extend Winning Streak
MARQUETTE, Mich. – Led by five players in double-figures the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team defeated the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 101-92 on Thursday afternoon. The Pointers entered the game ranked fifth in NCAA III.
The Wildcats extended its winning streak to six games and are now 7-5 on the season. On the other hand the Pointers suffered its first defeat of the season and now stand 9-1.
The Pointers held a 3-2 lead a little over a minute into the game. That would be the only lead they would have in the game. Ricky Volcy made a lay-up then a three-pointer and the ‘Cats were rolling. NMU led at the half by a 50-39 count.
The second half was all ‘Cats the Pointers did cut the lead to five points (57-52) with 16:24 left in the game. When Volcy converted a lay-up at 14:43 NMU held a double-figure lead at 63-52. The ‘Cats would hold the double-figure lead until 34 seconds left on the clock when the Pointers were down by eight (97-89).
Volcy led all players with 32 points and 13 rebounds. It was his seventh double-double of the 2006-07 campaign. Volcy added five assists, three blocks and three steals. Chris Warner added 17 points while Steve Kaiser came off the bench with a career-high 16. Jake Suardini had 15 points as Will Washington added 12. Pete Rortvedt led the Pointers with his own double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Suardini added a game-high six assists.
The ‘Cats shot 50 percent for the game from the floor (32-64). Volcy, with four, and Washington, with three, accounted for seven of the 10 three-pointers made in 27 attempts (37.0 percent). From the free throw line the ‘Cats were 27-34 for 79.4 percent. The Pointers missed on free throw shot for the game (20-21). The visitors did win the battle on the boards by a 42-37 count.
The ‘Cats will play at St. Cloud State on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31).
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