MARQUETTE, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The NMU menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team held a one point lead after 20 minutes ofplay on Tuesday night thanks to a Billy Hill prayer as the buzzer wassounding.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But, that was not enough asthe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats fell to the Warriors of Wayne State University 65-59.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are still winless in the GLIAC forthe 2003-04 season at 0-3 and are 6-6 overall.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WayneStateis now 6-6 and 2-2 in the conference.
The second half was a struggle backand forth as neither team really took control of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held the largest lead of the gameat 52-44 on a Claude Delmas lay-up with about nine minutes left in thegame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Warriors took over the leadfor good when Darrell Evans made a basket with two minutes remaining.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 23-50 from the floorfor the game for 46 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WSU shot45.1 percent from the floor for the night (23-51).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU also made more three-pointers than thevisitors at 10-22 (45.4 percent) to 6-18 for WSU (33.3 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Warriors won the game at the free throwline.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WSU had 17 trips to the line andmade 13 of their free throws for 76.5 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU only had seven trips and made three of their free throws (42.9percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The rebounding was almost evenfor the game as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had one more board than the Warriors at 31 to30.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Only two ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats scored in thedouble-digits as Hill led the way with 16 markers and Marco Volcy had 11points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Steve Watts had a team-highseven rebounds.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are back in action at theBerryEventsCenter on Thursday, January 8 againstHillsdale.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s game is first at 5:30 p.m.