Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Â“ The NMU menâ€Â™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.  But, that was not enough asthe â€Â˜Cats fell to the Warriors of Wayne State University 65-59.  The â€Â˜Cats are still winless in the GLIAC forthe 2003-04 season at 0-3 and are 6-6 overall. Wayne Stateis 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.  The â€Â˜Cats held the largest lead of the gameat 52-44 on a Claude Delmas lay-up with about nine minutes left in thegame.  The Warriors took over the leadfor good when Darrell Evans made a basket with two minutes remaining. 

The â€Â˜Cats were 23-50 from the floorfor the game for 46 percent.  WSU shot45.1 percent from the floor for the night (23-51).  NMU also made more three-pointers than thevisitors at 10-22 (45.4 percent) to 6-18 for WSU (33.3 percent).  The Warriors won the game at the free throwline.  WSU had 17 trips to the line andmade 13 of their free throws for 76.5 percent. NMU only had seven trips and made three of their free throws (42.9percent).  The rebounding was almost evenfor the game as the â€Â˜Cats had one more board than the Warriors at 31 to30. 

Only two â€Â˜Cats scored in thedouble-digits as Hill led the way with 16 markers and Marco Volcy had 11points.  Steve Watts had a team-highseven rebounds.

The â€Â˜Cats are back in action at theBerry Events Center on Thursday, January 8 againstHillsdale.  The womenâ€Â™s game is first at 5:30 p.m.