Press Box


GREEN BAY, Wis. â€Ã‚“ The NMU menâ€Ã‚™s basketball team wentout of conference and division to conclude the 2002-03 regular season on Sundaynight.  The Wildcats took on the NCAA I,UW-Green Bay Phoenix for the finale to the regular season.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats kept it close but feel at the endby a score of 72-67.  NMU is now 14-13overall while UWGB is 10-17.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats were down by six points at halftime consideringthat three NMU players had three personal fouls on them.  Marco Volcy, Milan Azanjac and Antwuan Holtall had three fouls.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats had thelead once in the game at 10-9 at the 14:54 mark of the first half.  NMU was down by as many as 12 points in thefirst half.  Billy Hill and Volcy endedthe first 20 minutes with field goals to narrow the gap. 

Both teams were not shooting the lights out in the firsthalf as the â€Ã‚˜Cats were at 37.5 percent (12-32) and the UW-GB was shooting at39.3 percent (11-28).  UW-GB made fourof their five three-point attempts in the first half, while NMU was 6-17.  Hill had 12 of his team-high 15 points atthe half.

The second half the â€Ã‚˜Cats kept up with the Phoenix but raninto foul trouble as three players fouled out of the game.  Volcy, David Noel and Holt all left the gameearly.  For the game NMU was called for24 personal fouls as the home team was whistled nine times.  UW-GB was 22-25 from the line on the night(88 percent).  The â€Ã‚˜Cats did manage tohang tough with the Phoenix as they were within two points with 2:01 left inthe game after Holt made a jumper.  Noelwas called for an intentional foul with 1:10 left as UW-GB made both freethrows to give them a four  pointcushion.  Azanjac gave the â€Ã‚˜Cats a finalchance when he made a lay up with 24 seconds left to make the score 69-67.  The Phoenix converted three of their fourfree throw attempts the rest of the way.

For the game the â€Ã‚˜Cats were 26-61 from the floor (42.6percent) and were 10-30 in three-pointers (33.3 percent).  UW-GB ended the game 22-56 from the floor(39.3 percent) and 6-10 in three-pointers (60 percent). NMU just made six tripsto the free throw line and made five of the throws (83.3 percent). Ã‚  The Phoenix had control of the boards asthey had 42 rebounds to the â€Ã‚˜Cats 29 boards. UW-GB had 15 offensive rebounds on the night.

Holt and Watts both ended the night with 14 pointseach.  Azanjac had a team-high sixrebound.  Greg Babcock and BrandonHansen both had 16 points for the Phoenix.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats open GLIAC Tournament play next Sunday (March 2)at the Berry Events Center against Grand Valley State University at 3:00 p.m.



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director