HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team held the Michigan Tech Huskies to two field goals in the second half and picked up the 56-34 win on Saturday afternoon.
NMU currently 17-10 overall and 11-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) will host the Huskies on Tuesday night (Feb. 27) at 7:30 p.m. in the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals. MTU falls to 13-14 and 8-10 respectively.
After eight minutes of action NMU was leading the Huskies 16-6 after a Chris Warner lay-up. MTU did have the ‘Cat lead down to one point at 19-18 with six minutes and change left in the first half. Neither team scored in the final 2:20 of the first half. NMU held a five-point lead after 20 minutes of play (25-20).
In the blink of an eye the ‘Cats went from a five-point lead to a 16-point spread when Ricky Volcy hit from downtown with 17:12 left in the game (36-20). For the rest of the game the ‘Cats held a double-digit lead. The NMU defense held the Huskies to 7.4 percent shooting for the second 20 minutes of play (2-27). NMU out-scored MTU 31-14 in the second half.
For the game the ‘Cats were 18-51 from the floor for 35.3 percent. NMU hit for five three-pointers on the day in 19 attempts (26.3 percent). Volcy led the way with three in eight attempts. The ‘Cats made 75 percent of its free throws for the game (15-20). Off the glass the ‘Cats had eight more rebounds than the Huskies (43-35).
Volcy recorded his 15th double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Jake Suardini added 18 points while Warner had 11. MTU had no one in double-figures. Kris Alpers led the way with eight markers for MTU.
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