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MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The third time was the charm forthe NMU menâ€Ã‚™s basketball team on Sunday afternoon.  The game was the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals at the BerryEvents Center against the Lakers of Grand Valley State University.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats had defeated the Lakers about aweek ago in Marquette (89-73) and also beat them at their place in late January(62-59).  Today the â€Ã‚˜Cats led the gamefrom start to finish, 69-56, and advanced in the tournament.  NMU is now 15-13 overall while GVSU ends theseason at 14-14.

With a little over 11 minutes gone in the first half theâ€Ã‚˜Cats had built a lead at 29-15.  SteveWatts came off the bench in the first half to score 10 of his 15 points.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats had a 10-4 run towards the end ofthe first half to increase their lead to 39-20 with less than two minutesleft.  NMU made over half of their shotsfrom the floor in the first 20 minutes as they were 14-27 (51.9 percent) whileGVSU was shooting at a 26.5 percent clip (9-34). 

In the second half the â€Ã‚˜Cats held a double-digit lead untilthe 12:32 mark of the half when the Lakers scored a lay up to make it46-37.  With 2:10 left in the game theLakers had the lead down to five points. Adrian Whitten made a big three-pointer with 51 seconds left in the gameto give the â€Ã‚˜Cats some breathing room at 65-54.  Watts and Whitten made their free throws down the stretch to sealthe win for the â€Ã‚˜Cats.

For the game the â€Ã‚˜Cats shot 41.2 percent from the floor(21-51) while GVSU was shooting 31.1 percent (19-61).  NMU made two more three-pointers than the Lakers as the â€Ã‚˜Catswere 8-21 for 38.1 percent.  The Lakerswere 6-23 in threes for 26.1 percent. NMU took 30 trips to the free throw line and made 19 throws (63.3percent).  GVSU had 16 free throws andconverted 12 of them (75 percent).  NMUhad four more rebounds than the Lakers at 43 to 39 rebounds.  But, GVSU had 17 offensive rebounds asthe  â€Ã‚˜Cats had 15 offensive boards.

Antwuan Holt continued with his scoring streak as he had ateam-high 18 points.  Watts added 11 reboundsto lead the â€Ã‚˜Cats on the day.  Whittenadded 12 points off the bench.  JasonBauer led the Lakers with 21 points.

NMU will face Michigan Tech in the GLIAC TournamentSemifinals on Friday evening, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. in Houghton at MichiganTech. 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director