Press Box


ERIE, Pa. â€Â“ Life on the road in the GLIAC is notan easy trail, but the â€Â˜Cats started their three-game trek on a positive noteon Thursday as they defeated the GLIAC South Division leading MercyhurstCollege Lakers 74-58.  NMU is now 8-6 overalland 2-3 in the GLIAC after the win.  TheLakers suffered their first loss in the conference and are now 5-1 and 11-5overall.

After trading three-point basketsthe â€Â˜Cats took control of the game early as they had an 18-7 lead with eightminutes gone in the game.  The Lakers hadthe lead down to two points twice in the first half, but each time the â€Â˜Catsanswered with a basket.  NMU had a fivepoint lead after the first 20 minutes of play at 34-29 thanks to a 54.2 percentshooting from the floor (13-24).  Theâ€Â˜Cats made half of their three-point attempts in the first half (5-10). Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ 

NMU exploded out of the blocks inthe second half as they built a 16 point lead when Billy Hill made a lay-up at 12:34 left in the game.  The Lakers had the lead down to nine pointswith 1:57 left before Antwuan Holt converted two free throws to give the â€Â˜Catsthe lead once again in double-digits at 67-56. The Lakers would only score two more points the rest of the way. 

Only two â€Â˜Cats hit fordouble-figures in the scoring column as Louie Koskey led the way with 13markers and Hill added 10.  Koskey was4-6 from the floor, 3-4 in three-pointers and 2-2 from the line.  Matt LePage had a team-high sixrebounds.  As a team the â€Â˜Cats had 32rebounds to the Lakers 27.

NMU was 25-48 from the floor forthe game (52.1 percent), 9-18 from the three-point line (50 percent) and 15-21from the free throw line (71.4 percent). Steve Watts and Holt both had five assists and as a team the â€Â˜Cats had18.

The â€Â˜Cats continue with their road tripas they will face Gannon on Saturday before playing at The University ofFindlay on Monday.





Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director