December 4, 2003

'Cats Cold Shooting At Tech

 

HOUGHTON, Mich. - It seems that the Michigan TechHuskies have the number of the Northern Michigan University Wildcats.  Thursday night at the SDC neither team couldfind their shot as both teams shot in the 30 percent range for the game.  NMU shot 36.7 percent (18-49) on the nightfrom the floor and MTU was a little better at 38.8 percent (19-49) as the hometeam won the game 52-48.  It was thefirst GLIAC game for both schools as the Huskies are now 7-0 on the season and1-0 in the conference while the â€Ã‚˜Cats are 4-2 and 0-1.

The score at the half was 25-15 in favor of Tech.  Both teams were struggling to put their shotsdown in the first half.  The Huskies wereat 38.5 percent (10-26) while the â€Ã‚˜Cats were at 22.2 percent (6-27) from the floor. Ã‚  MTU had a 13 point lead with less than aminute left before halftime.  The secondhalf the pace was a little quicker as MTU built up a 15 point lead with aboutnine minutes left in the game.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats then made their move and had the score down to single-digitswith about seven minutes left in the game at 40-31 when David Noel made a layup.  NMU scored the next five points in arow to narrow the gap to 40-36 on a running lay up by Antwuan Holt with fiveminutes left.

The Huskies kept the â€Ã‚˜Cats an armâ€Ã‚™s length away, but Holtnailed a three-pointer with 32 seconds left in the contest to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats a lastgasp at 49-46.  But that was as close asthe â€Ã‚˜Cats would get on the night as the Huskies made a basket and a foul shotfor the final margin.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats only managed to make one of their 15 three-pointfield goal attempts on the night for 6.7 percent form the arc.  MTU was 5-18 in three-pointers for 27.8percent.  NMU was 11-18 from the freethrow line for 61.1 percent.  The â€Ã‚˜Catswon the glass with a 10 rebound advantage over the Huskies as NMU had 39 totalrebounds on the night while MTU had 29.

Holt led the â€Ã‚˜Cats with 15 points on the night.  Milan Azanjac had 10 points and eightrebounds for the â€Ã‚˜Cats.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats are in action again on Sunday (December 7) at the Berry Events Centeragainst Minnesota-Duluth.