BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – Seven must be an unlucky number for the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team. For the second time this season the Wildcats had a seven-game winning streak. This time the Ferris State University Bulldogs snapped the ‘Cats streak with an 89-81 win today in Big Rapids.
NMU was down by two points at the half (36-34), but the Bulldogs out-scored the ‘Cats in the second half 53-47. With the loss the ‘Cats drop to 15-10 overall and 9-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). FSU improves to 9-15 and 7-8 respectively.
The first 20 minutes of play was a back and forth struggle. FSU had a five-point lead one minute before Ricky Volcy hit for a three-pointer about two minutes later for a 9-7 NMU edge (14:42). During the first half there were eight ties. Will Washington hit from the arc with a little more than 10 minutes left in the half to give NMU a 23-21 lead. Chris Warner gave the ‘Cats a brief lead after the seventh tie of the half when he made both free throws (34-33) with five seconds left. With two seconds left in the half FSU made two free throws for the lead into the locker rooms.
Warner and Tyler Kazmierkoski combined for five points inside the first minute of the second half to give NMU a 39-38 lead. The score would be tied once again at 41-all when Volcy made two of his free throws 18:10. The Bulldogs would have the lead the rest of the way. NMU did cut the lead to one point at 67-66 when Jake Suardini made a three-pointer with 7:46 left in the game. The ‘Cats were down by one after FSU made two free throws and Warner drove in for a lay-up (69-68) with a little under seven minutes showing on the clock. That was as close as the ‘Cats would get on the day.
Volcy recorded his 13th double-double and ninth game of 30 or more points for the season today. He led all scorers and rebounders with 34 points and 12 rebounds. Volcy also had five assists, six blocks and three steals. Washington and Warner ended the game with 17 and 16 points respectively. Anthony Sydnor led the Bulldogs with 19 points.
Each team shot over 50 percent from the floor. NMU was 29-54 (53.7 percent) while FSU was 30-59 (50.8 percent). Washington was 5-10 from the arc as he accounted for over half of the three-pointers for the ‘Cats (9-24 for 37.5 percent). NMU was 14-19 from the free throw line (73.7 percent). Off the glass the ‘Cats had a two-rebound edge (30-28).
NMU’s final home game of the regular season will be next Saturday (Feb. 17) against Northwood. The ball will be tossed up at approximately 3 p.m. Next Saturday’s game is Take A Kid Game to the Game Day. All kids in grades K-8th who are with a paid adult will receive a free youth admission. TCF Bank is giving a TCF Piggy Bank to the first 500 kids. Two of the banks will have a $100 bill inside. TCF is also sponsoring 10 cash give-a-ways during the game to the wildest Wildcat fans.
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