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Wildcats drop one against University Minnesota-Duluth


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan Universitymenâ€Ã‚™s basketball team kept it close on Sunday night against University ofMinnesotaâ€Ã‚“Duluth.  The game stayed prettyeven in every category, but one team had to come out with the win and it was theBulldogs who would capture the game with a 79-74 score.  With the loss the â€Ã‚˜Cats fall to 4-3 on theseason and the Bulldogs won their third game in a row to improve to 3-3. 


Northern Michigan held the lead foralmost the entire first half of the game. UMD quickly caught up and tied the game at 31-all with a three-pointjumper from Nate Perry at 1:03 leftin the first half.  The Bulldogs wouldscore once more with 39 seconds to go in the first half to take the lead at33-31 before leaving the floor.


For the first 20 minutes of play, NMU was 15-28 from thefloor to give them a shooting percentage of 53.6.  UMD only shot 36.4 percent from the floor(12-33).


NMU came out with a slower start to the second half butstill stayed in the game.  At 6:22 left to go the â€Ã‚˜Cats were down by 12points and that would be the farthest behind they would be for the rest of thecontest.  NMU would narrow in on UMD inthe final ten seconds of the game bringing the score as close as 74-77, butthat would be it for the Wildcats. Bulldog Sean Seaman was sent to the linewith three seconds to go and made both baskets to finalize the score.


Four Wildcats hit double-digits for the night inpoints.  Antwuan Holt led the â€Ã‚˜Cats with17 points.  Billy Hill and Ricky Volcy eachpitched in with 13 points each and Marco Volcy had 11 for the game.  Holt and R. Volcy both had six boards on thenight.


NMU finished 55 percent from the floor (33-60) and 50percent from the charity line  Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ (3-6).  The Green and Gold also shot 27.8 percentfrom behind the three-point line (5-18).


University of Minnesota-Duluth was led by Matt Williams inthe scoring column with 17 points and Sean Seaman with 16.  The Bulldogs were 24-59 from the floor givingthem a field goal percentage of 40.7.  Fromthe free-throw line UMD was 87.5 percent (21-24) and from the three point arcthey shot a 43.5 percent (10-22). 


NMU will travel to Northwood University on December 13, fortheir next game.