MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Wildcats had some very bright spots in tonight's GLIAC contest against the Ferris State Bulldogs but in the end the Bulldogs beat the ‘Cats 65-64. The Bulldogs are now 5-10 overall and 3-3 in the GLIAC while the ‘Cats fall to 8-8 and 2-5, respectively.
The ‘Cats dominated the opening ten minutes of the game behind a balanced scoring effort. Sebastien Salois opened up the scoring with back-to-back three point buckets. Ricky Volcy hit a jumper at 17:32 to give the ‘Cats the 8-2 lead before Chris Warner set up Jake Suardini for a three-pointer which put the ‘Cats up 11-2. Salois sunk his third trey of the night at 14:02 and then made two free-throws at 13:17 to give the ‘Cats the largest lead of the game, 16-4. The Bulldogs then outscored the ‘Cats 25-16 to bring their deficit to just three points at the half.
In the second half the Bulldogs shot 65.2% from the field and the ‘Cats shot just 36.4% yet the Wildcats were able to keep themselves in the game. With under a minute to play in the game Jake Suardini stole the ball from the Bulldogs and scored an unassisted three-pointer, cutting the Bulldog lead to one. The Bulldogs then missed their ensuing attempt and Suardini rebounded the ball with 20 seconds to play. Unfortunately for the Wildcat’s they were not able to connect on their last effort and therefore lost to the Bulldogs 64-65.
Ricky Volcy led all scorers with 32 points and recorded his ninth double-double of the season for the ‘Cats as he added 11 rebounds to the effort. Sebastien Salois added 11 points and Jake Suardini recorded nine.
On the night the ‘Cats were 22-26 (84.6%) from the free-throw line while the Bulldogs were 10-12 (83.3%). From the field the ‘Cats were 17-49 (34.7%) while the Bulldogs managed 26-53 (49.1%).
The ‘Cats will host the Grand Valley State Lakers on Saturday (Jan. 13) at 3:00. Saturday’s game is the first of four trading card games and the cards of the freshmen will be given out to the first 750 attendees.
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