ST. CLOUD, Minn. – After winning six straight games all at home during the month of December the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team went on the road today in hopes of extending its winning ways. It took the Wildcats a little extra time to win its seventh game in row over the St. Cloud State Huskies 93-91 in overtime. NMU ended the month of December with a 7-1 record. The only loss was at The University of Findlay on Dec. 2 (70-56).
The ‘Cats improve to 8-5 overall while the Huskies fall to 11-3.
NMU held a five-point lead at 9-4 about two minutes into the game. Six of the ‘Cats points came from Ricky Volcy and Sebastien Salois from the three-point line. SCSU went on a scoring burst to take over the lead which they held for the remainder of the half. Volcy made a jumper with two plus minutes left before the intermission to get the ‘Cats to within one at 41-40. The home team held the lead after 20 minutes of play at 49-44.
For the first half the home team shot a hot 61.3 percent from the floor (19-31) which included 8-10 from the three-point land. The ‘Cats shot 47.1 percent from the floor for the first 20 minutes (16-34), but were only 4-13 from the three-point line (30.8 percent).
Salois connected from long range to give the ‘Cats the lead at 54-53 at 15:37 of the second half. Will Washington made his own three at 11:37 to give the ‘Cats a seven-point advantage (66-59). The Huskies went on a 15-7 run to take over the lead at 74-73 with less than seven minutes left in the game. Washington made another three to give the ‘Cats the lead 83-80 with three minutes and change showing on the clock. SCSU tied the game at 83; Vocly hit a jumper with 39 seconds still on the clock for the 85-83 lead. Sixteen seconds later SCSU tied the game at 85 to send it to overtime.
The extra five minutes saw the two teams trade a couple of baskets to keep the game close. SCSU was leading 91-90 with 41 seconds left in the overtime session. Washington made a lay-up with 12 ticks left to give the ‘Cats the 92-91 lead. SCSU was called for an offensive foul on its possession after the lay-up. NMU got the ball back as Washington was fouled with two seconds showing on the clock. He made one of his two free throws for the final margin (93-91).
SCSU shot over 49 percent from the floor for the game (35-71 for 49.3 percent). The ‘Cats were 36-74 from the floor for the game (48.6 percent). From the arc the ‘Cats were 11-27 for 40.7 percent. Washington sank five while Volcy had four three-pointers for the game. NMU was 10-16 from the charity stripe (62.5 percent). The home team had seven more rebounds than NMU at 44-37.
Volcy led all scorers with 34 points. He also recorded his eighth double-double of the season with a game-high 11 rebounds. Volcy added four assists and three blocks. Three other ‘Cats were in double-figures in the scoring column as Chris Warner had 22, Washington 18 and Salois 10 points. David Dreas led the Huskies with 25 points.
NMU will be at home on Thursday, Jan. 4 when they are back in conference play. The ‘Cats host the Lake Superior Lakers.
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