January 13, 2003

'Cats Convert Free Throws Down The Stretch For The Win

 

DETROIT, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The NMU menâ€Ã‚™s basketball team comingoff an impressive win on Saturday at Hillsdale College used some of thatmomentum to defeat Wayne State Monday night by a score of 74-64.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats have now won three of their pastfour games and are 9-6 overall on the season and 5-2 in the GLIAC.  Wayne State is 7-8 and 3-4.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats used a 14-10 run the last five minutes of thefirst half to cling to a 33-30 lead at the intermission.  Wayne State took the lead at 34-33 whenJustin Chapman converted both of his free throws at 18:12 of the secondhalf.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats then exploded for 20points in a span of about 10 minutes for a 53-43 lead with 8:56 left in thecontest.  Down the stretch from 1:35left in the game, the â€Ã‚˜Cats converted 10 free throws to hold on for thewin. 

Billy Hill led the â€Ã‚˜Cats with 20 points and sevenrebounds.  Marco Volcy and Steve Wattsboth had 13 markers on the night.  Volcyalso had a game-high eight rebounds. Adrian Whitten had 11 points on the night as he made five of his sixfree throws.  Oscar Sanders led theWarriors with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats shot 48.9 percent from the floor for the game(22-45) while WSU was shooting 40.4 percent (21-52).  The Warriors had the advantage in the three-point area as theymade 5-13 for 38.5 percent; NMU was 7-21 for 33.3 percent.  At the charity stripe the â€Ã‚˜Cats made 23-34of their free throws (67.6 percent) while the Warriors were 17-26 (65.4percent).  The â€Ã‚˜Cats held a 12 reboundadvantage over the Warriors with 39 boards to Wayne Stateâ€Ã‚™s 27 rebounds. 

The squad will be back in action at Saginaw Valley StateUniversity on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 18).

 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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