MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team is currently playing its best basketball of the season. The Wildcats have now won 10 of its past 11 games. NMU advanced in the GLIAC Tournament with a 77-54 win over Michigan Tech at the Berry Events Center on Tuesday night.
The ‘Cats will face Grand Valley State in the second GLIAC Tournament Semifinal at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2. The University of Findlay will host Mercyhurst in the 6 p.m. game. The GLIAC Tournament Final is set for Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. Findlay is the host for the tournament.
With the win the ‘Cats improve to 18-10 overall on the season while MTU concludes the season at 13-15.
With the score tied at nine-all the ‘Cats went on an 8-0 run to bust open a tight game with under 10 minutes left in the half (17-9). When Chris Warner drained a three-pointer at 5:44 left in the first half the ‘Cats enjoyed a 23-16 lead. MTU cut the lead down to four points before Ricky Volcy made one of his two free throws and Will Washington hit for a three-pointer and the ‘Cats were now up by eight points with less than four minutes left in the half.
Volcy hit for another three-pointer with 2:11 left and the ‘Cats up by nine (30-21). NMU would end the first 20 minutes of play with a 10-point edge (33-23).
The second half saw the ‘Cats hold a double-digit lead for the full 20 minutes of play. With four minutes gone in the half the ‘Cats were up by 15 points (45-30), thanks to a three-pointer by Will Washington. Washington hit a jumper at 8:05 to give the ‘Cats a 20-point cushion. Chris Warner made his own jumper at 1:56 for the ‘Cats largest lead of the game of 31 points (77-46).
Volcy led all scorers with 29 points. He now has 2,010 career points and is the third player in NMU history with over 2,000 career points. Volcy added eight rebounds, four assists, one block and two steals. Washington with 16 points and Warner with 13 were the other two ‘Cats in double-digits in the scoring column. Washington was 4-7 from the three-point line and now has 103 for the season. Tim Strom led the Huskies with 27 points.
NMU shot 59.5 percent for the game from the floor (25-42). The ‘Cats were 13-24 from the arc, with Volcy leading the way with five for 54.2 percent. From the charity stripe the ‘Cats were 14-22 for 63.6 percent. NMU had an 11-rebound advantage off the glass (34-23).
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