January 27, 2003

'Cats Late Rally Not Enough

 

HOUGHTON, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The NMU menâ€Ã‚™s basketball team wasshooting as cold as the weather outside the SDC at Michigan Tech on Mondaynight for the first 20 minutes of the game. The â€Ã‚˜Cats were 8-26 from the floor for the first half (30.8 percent) andfound themselves down to the Huskies 40-19 at the half.  The second half the â€Ã‚˜Cats did turn thingsaround by out-scoring the Huskies 44-30, but it was not enough as Tech took thegame 70-63.  Michigan Tech is rankedfourth in NCAA II.  NMU falls to 11-7overall on the season and 7-3 in the GLIAC. Tech is now 18-1 and 10-0. 

With 4:12 left in regulation the â€Ã‚˜Cats made their move.  Moving to a full court press the â€Ã‚˜Cats didrattle the Huskies a bit.  NMUâ€Ã‚™s nextthree made baskets were all three-pointers as the team narrowed the gap to68-56 with less than three minutes left. Over the last four minutes of the game the â€Ã‚˜Cats went on a 13-2run. 

Billy Hill was the lone â€Ã‚˜Cat to hit for double-digits with16 points.  For the game the â€Ã‚˜Cats shot46.4 percent form the floor (26-56) as the Huskies cooled off a bit in thesecond half by going for 44.3 percent for the game (27-61).  NMU was 9-25 from the three-point line (36percent) as they only made two of their seven free throw attempts (28.6percent).  The Huskies had four morerebounds than the â€Ã‚˜Cats on the night with 38 to NMUâ€Ã‚™s 34. But, Tech had 14offensive boards on the night. 

NMU hits the road to take on Grand Valley State (Jan. 30)and Ferris State (Feb. 1) this week.

 

 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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