February 22, 2003

'Cats Win Game And Home Court

 

MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The â€Ã‚˜Cats know that they will atleast have one more home game.  NMUdefeated Grand Valley on Saturday afternoon by a score of  89-73 in the GLIAC finale for both teams.  With the win the â€Ã‚˜Cats will host the Lakersnext Sunday (March 2) at 3:00 p.m. in first round of the GLIAC Tournament.  NMU is now 14-12 overall and 10-8 in theGLIAC.  GVSU falls to 13-13 and 8-10.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats held a 16 point advantage at halftime (45-29) asboth teams scored 44 points in the second half.  For the first 20 minutes of the game, the â€Ã‚˜Cats shot 56.7 percentfrom the floor (17-30) and were 6-13 in threeâ€Ã‚™s (46.2 percent).  The Lakers scored the first basket of thegame before the â€Ã‚˜Cats went on a 23-3 run to take an 18 points lead at 11:21 ofthe first half.

NMU cooled off a bit in the second half as they shot 13-25from the floor (52 percent) and were 2-7 in three-pointers (28.6 percent).  NMU held a double-digit lead for the entire20 minutes of the second half. 

For the game the â€Ã‚˜Cats shot 54.5 percent from the floor(30-55) while GVSU shot 33.8 percent (25-74). Both teams made eight three-pointers as the â€Ã‚˜Cats were 8-20 (40 percent)and the Lakers were 8-30 (26.7 percent). From the free throw line the â€Ã‚˜Cats were 21-30 (70 percent) while GVSUwas 15-21 (71.4 percent) from the charity stripe.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats had five more rebounds than the Lakers with a 45-40advantage.  GVSU had 16 offensiverebounds for the game.

Antwuan Holt had a career-high 23 points and sevenrebounds.  Marco Volcy had 18 points anda team-high 10 rebounds.  Milan Azanjachad 14 points while David Noel chipped in with 10 markers.  No Laker starter made the double-digitcolumn in scoring.  Nate Hinkle led theway for the Lakers with 15 points.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats have one more game left in the regularseason.  NMU will be at UW-Green Bay onSunday night (Feb. 23) to conclude the regular season.

 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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