MARQUETTE, Mich. – Ricky Volcy recorded his 10th game with 30 or more points and his 14th double-double of the season to lead the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team to a 94-80 win over the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats now 16-10 overall and 10-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) clinched a first-round GLIAC Tournament game for Tuesday (Feb. 27). The Timberwolves fall to 9-16 and 4-12 respectively.
For the first eight minutes of the game there were two ties and neither team had a lead larger than four points. Steve Kaiser drained a three-pointer at 3:17 of the half to give the ‘Cats a 38-30 lead. NMU made the lead double-digits at 43-33 when Ricky Volcy made both of his free throws with 1:15 showing on the clock. The ‘Cats went into the locker room with a 46-35 lead.
The second half was all ‘Cats, but the Timberwolves cut the lead to one-point at 56-55 with a little over five minutes gone. After that the ‘Cats used an 8-0 run in about a minute to now have a nine-point lead (64-55). About three minutes later, Will Washington made a three-pointer to give NMU the 78-56 lead with 9:10 left in the game. The ‘Cats were in cruise control the rest of the way for the win.
Volcy just missed out on a triple-double as he ended the game with 34 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks. He currently has 1,962 career points. Washington ended the game with 20 points. He was 6-12 from the arc and now has 99 three-pointers on the season. The NMU record for three-pointers made in a season is 117, which is held by Bill Harris (1986-87). Off the bench NMU was led by Steve Kaiser and Jerard Ajami with 11 points each. Aaron Simpson led the Timberwolves with 18 points.
NMU shot 43.5 percent from the floor for the game (27-62). NMU had a good outing from the arc by going 17-32 for 53.1 percent. From the free throw line, the ‘Cats were 15-23 for 65.2 percent. NU did have the advantage off the glass at 46-32.
The ‘Cats will conclude the 2006-07 regular season with a game at Michigan Tech next Saturday (Feb. 24).
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