MARQUETTE, Mich.- ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the second game in a row,Billy Hill played the hero as he sank a three-pointer with less than a minuteleft in the game as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats defeated the visiting St. Cloud State Huskies onSaturday at the Berry Events Center by a score of 81-80.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The three-pointer by Hill gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats thelead at 79-75.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marco Volcy added alay-up with less than 30 seconds left in the game to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the lead at81-78.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies made two free throwsfor the final margin with 13 seconds left.
With the win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats have now wontheir past two games and are now 6-5 on the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ St. Cloudis now 9-3.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Hill coming off the bench wasalmost perfect for the game as he had a team-high 20 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He was 7-of-8 from the floor, 4-of-4 inthree-pointers and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hill added five rebounds, two assists and twosteals in the win.
The Huskies had the early lead inthe game as they held a 42-32 advantage at the intermission.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ St. Cloudbuilt the lead to as high as 13 points in the second half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Antwuan Holt hit a three-pointer with 2:38 left in regulation to tie the game at73-all.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies scored to take thelead once again at 75-73 with left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ That was the last leadthat the Huskies would have in the game.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats shot a sizzling 66.7percent from the floor in the second half as the squad was 18-of-27.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 30-of-54 for 55.6percent from the floor.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 8-of-14in three-pointers (57.1 percent) and 13-of-26 from the charity stripe (50percent) for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies hadfour more rebounds that the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats at 35 to 31 rebounds.
Holt had 17 points for thegame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Claude Delmas playing in his Wildcatdebut had 12 points, two assists and four rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcy added 12 points and nine rebounds.
NMU will now focus on GLIAC play asthe face WayneStateon Tuesday (January 6) and Hillsdale on Thursday (January 8).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both games are at the BerryEventsCenter.