DETROIT, Mich. – When the Northern Michigan University Wildcats and the Wayne State Warriors met in November in a non-conference game the Warriors took a double-overtime game 76-71. Today when it really counted in terms of the conference standings the Wildcats led the entire 40 minutes for the 75-55 win.
The ‘Cats improve to 10-9 overall and 4-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Warriors fall to 8-8 and 4-4 respectively.
After almost nine minutes of play in the game the ‘Cats held a 13-point lead (20-7). When Jake Suardini connected on a jumper with 5:06 left before the half the ‘Cats enjoyed a 28-12 lead. The final four minutes of the half saw the ‘Cats out-score the Warriors 10-4. NMU went into the locker room with a 39-16 lead. What helped the ‘Cats with the lead was a sizzling 61.5 shooting form the floor (16-26) in the first 20 minutes.
The second half the ‘Cats cooled off a bit, but still shot over 54 percent from the floor (54.5 percent on 12-22). NMU had a 28-point cushion when Ricky Volcy made a free throw at 16:03 (52-24). WSU did cut the lead to 15 points with less than nine minutes left in the game (58-43). Will Washington over the next minute scored six points in a row for the ‘Cats to extend the lead to 64-45. Over the final eight minutes of the game, NMU built a lead as large as 23 points.
NMU shot over 58 percent from the floor for the game. The ‘Cats were 28-48 on the hardwood for 58.3 percent. From downtown NMU was 8-21 from three-point range (38.1 percent). At the charity stripe the ‘Cats were 11-17 for 64.7 percent. NMU did have four more rebounds than WSU for the game (33-29).
Volcy had his seventh game of the season with 30 or more points. Today he poured in 33 points as he added seven rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and five steals. Suardini and Washington each ended the game with 12 points. Suardini just missed a double-double as he had nine rebounds. Kris Krzyminski led the Warriors with 26 points.
NMU will stay on the road next week when they face Northwood on Thursday (Jan. 25) and Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 27).
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