January 2, 2003

'Cats Lose To Ashland In Ot

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The NMU menâ€Ã‚™s basketball teamdropped a 75-71 decision to Ashland on Thursday night at the Berry EventsCenter.  But the â€Ã‚˜Cats went extra timeagainst the Eagles.  With the loss tothe Eagles on Thursday night the â€Ã‚˜Cats are now 6-5 overall on the season and2-1 in the GLIAC while Ashland is 11-1 and 3-0.

NMU held a seven point lead at halftime at 36-29.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats dominated the Eagles after thefirst 20 minutes of play.  NMU wasout-rebounding Ashland at 18 to 15 rebounds. The â€Ã‚˜Cats were shooting at 51.7 percent (15-29) from the floor toAshlandâ€Ã‚™s 37.5 percent (9-24). 

The second 20 minutes, Ashland chipped away at the lead andfinally had the lead at 42-39 with 15:08 left in the game.  Adrian Whitten hit a three-pointer with11:39 left in the game to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats the lead again at 48-46. NMU wouldbuild a seven point lead before Ashland would make another move. 

With less than four minutes left in the game and NMUclinging to a three point lead, Angelo Edwards made a lay up to bring theEagles to within one at 61-60.  IsaacKincaid made two free throws with 2:37 left in regulation to give Ashland thelead at 62-61.  Marco Volcy made a three-pointerwith less than a minute left to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats the lead at 64-62.  Kincaid sent the game into OT with a lay upwith 36 seconds left in regulation.

In the extra period, Milan Azanjac made one of two freethrow attempts to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats the early one point lead.  Ashland would hit for a three-pointer at2:42 of overtime for the two point lead. Billy Hill then came down court to make the lay up to tie the game forthe final time at 67 all.  The Eagleswent on an eight to four run the rest of the way for the final margin. 

Volcy led the way for the â€Ã‚˜Cats with 21 points and ninerebounds.  Billy Hill added 14 pointsand four assists.  Justin Larrick ledthe way for the Eagles with 23 points.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats out-rebounded the Eagles 42 to 34 on theevening.  NMU had a better shootingpercentage for the game at 45 percent (28-62) to 39 percent (22-56).

The team will be in action again on Saturday afternoon (Jan.4) against Mercyhurst. 

 

 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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