January 9, 2004

Billy Hill Starts Game And Scores 20 Points


 

MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Â“ The weather outside the Berry Events Center on Thursday night might havebeen cold and snowy, but inside the building the NMU menâ€Â™s basketball team wasburning the place up as the â€Â˜Cats won their first GLIAC game of the season withan 86-59 win over Hillsdale College.  The â€Â˜Cats are now 7-6 overall on the seasonand 1-3 in the GLIAC.  The Chargers fallto 9-5 and 2-2.

A little over five minutes into thegame the â€Â˜Cats served notice to the Chargers that they came to play.  At that time of the game the â€Â˜Cats had a 15-3lead.  When Marco Volcy made histhree-pointer with four minutes left in the half the â€Â˜Cats had built the leadto 33-13.  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 â€Â˜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.  NMUâ€Â™s biggest lead of the half came whenreserve Wendell Jackson hit a three-pointer with about 33 seconds left in thegame to give the â€Â˜Cats a 27 points advantage, which was also the final score(86-59).  For the half the â€Â˜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.  M. Volcy had 15 points.  Claude Delmas and Ricky Volcy both had 14markers in the win.  Delmas led the â€Â˜Catson the night with seven rebounds.

On the night the â€Â˜Cats only turnedthe ball over eight times.   For the game the â€Â˜Cats shot 50 percent fromthe floor (35-70), 42.9 percent from three-point land (42.9 percent) andwere  63.6 percent from the free throwline (7-11).  NMU had a reboundingadvantage over the Chargers on the night with 41 rebounds over Hillsdaleâ€Â™s29.  NMU had 14 offensive rebounds forthe game. 

NMU will play their next threegames on the road as all the games will be on the same trip.  The â€Â˜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).

 

 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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