UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – Saturday at Saginaw Valley State the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team was playing its fourth road game in a row. Entering the game the Wildcats had won three games in a row.
The past couple of games the ‘Cats have gotten off to fast starts during the streak. Saturday was a different story as the Cardinals held off the ‘Cats for the majority of the first half. But in the end NMU found a way to win 77-55 to extend its winning streak to four games as all have been on the road.
NMU improves to 12-9 overall and 6-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). SVSU drops to 7-11 and 4-7 respectively.
When Rickey Volcy made a lay-up with 3:21 left in the first half, the ‘Cats had its second lead of the game and first since the opening minutes of the game. SVSU tied the game at 27 before Tyler Kazmierkoski made a lay-up with 2:50 left in the half. Down the stretch Chris Warner and Ricky Volcy sank free throws to give the ‘Cats a two-point lead at the half (32-30).
Back-to-back three-pointers by Will Washington, Kazmierkoski within the first couple of minutes of the second half and a jumper by Warner gave the ‘Cats a double-figure lead at 40-30. NMU quickly had the lead to 20 points when Steve Kaiser hit a jumper with 10:29 left in the game (57-37). Kaiser converted a three-point play a little over two minutes later to give the ‘Cats its biggest lead of the game (62-37).
Five ‘Cats were in double-figures as Kazmierkoski led the way of the bench with 15 points. Volcy and Kaiser each had 12 points. Washington ended the game with 11 points as Warner had 10. Warner led the ‘Cats with eight rebounds. Volcy ended the game with six rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Lawrence Ross led the Cardinals with 16 points and six rebounds.
A hot second half of shooting helped the ‘Cats cause. NMU was 16-28 in the second half for 57.1 percent. For the game NMU was 28-57 from the floor for 49.1 percent. Washington and Kazmierkoski each made three from the arc. As a team NMU was 9-19 from the three-point line for 47.4 percent. The ‘Cats were 12-16 from the free throw line (75 percent). Off the glass, NMU had a 10-rebound edge (39-29).
The ‘Cats will be looking to extend its winning streak with two home games this coming week. Up first is Mercyhurst on Thursday (Feb. 1) and Gannon on Saturday (Feb. 3).
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