MARQUETTE, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The weather outside the BerryEventsCenter on Thursday night might havebeen cold and snowy, but inside the building the NMU menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team wasburning the place up as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats won their first GLIAC game of the season withan 86-59 win over HillsdaleCollege.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 7-6 overall on the seasonand 1-3 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Chargers fallto 9-5 and 2-2.
A little over five minutes into thegame the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats served notice to the Chargers that they came to play. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ At that time of the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had a 15-3lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ When Marco Volcy made histhree-pointer with four minutes left in the half the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had built the leadto 33-13.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Chargers went on a scoringspree the final three plus minutes of the half to cut the lead at halftime tonine points (38-29).
The second half the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats cameright out of the box and before you knew it NMU was up 53-36 about five minutesinto the half when Steve Watts converted a lay-up.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s biggest lead of the half came whenreserve Wendell Jackson hit a three-pointer with about 33 seconds left in thegame to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a 27 points advantage, which was also the final score(86-59).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the half the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats shot55.6 percent from the floor (20-36).
Billy Hill starting his first game ina couple of games led the team with 20 points and six rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcy had 15 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Claude Delmas and Ricky Volcy both had 14markers in the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Delmas led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catson the night with seven rebounds.
On the night the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats only turnedthe ball over eight times.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats shot 50 percent fromthe floor (35-70), 42.9 percent from three-point land (42.9 percent) andwereÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 63.6 percent from the free throwline (7-11).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had a reboundingadvantage over the Chargers on the night with 41 rebounds over HillsdaleÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s29.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 14 offensive rebounds forthe game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will play their next threegames on the road as all the games will be on the same trip.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats travel to Erie, Pa. to take on Mercyhurst (Jan. 15) andGannon (Jan. 17) before heading to Ohioto tangle with The University of Findlay (Jan. 19).