January 19, 2004

'Cats Shoot Better, But Lose Game


 

FINDLAY, Ohioâ€Â“ Monday night the Northern Michigan University menâ€Â™s basketball teamfaced the ninth ranked team in NCAA II menâ€Â™s basketball, The University ofFindlay Oilers, for their third and final game oftheir road swing.  The Oilers defeated the â€Â˜Cats by a count of 69-62.  NMU is now 8-8 overall and 2-5 in theGLIAC.  Findlaynow stands at 14-4 and 6-2 in the conference.

The â€Â˜Cats kept the game close inthe first half as neither team was shooting the lights out.  NMU was shooting at a 37.5 percent clip(9-24) while the Oilers were at 35.5 percent (11-31)for the first half.  But the green andgold were only trailing by seven at 35-28. Both teams were also under 20 percent from the three-point line as the Oilers were 2-11 (18.2 percent) and the â€Â˜Cats were 1-6(16.7 percent).

Billy Hill made a lay-up with alittle more than four minutes left in the game to get the â€Â˜Cats within sixpoints at 59-53.  After a three-pointerby the Oilers with less than a minute left in thegame the â€Â˜Cats answered with a Hill three-pointer to cut the lead to 67-60 with42 seconds left in the game.  Ricky Volcy hit a jumper with 21 ticks left on the clock to havethe â€Â˜Cats within six at 68-62.  DustinPfeifer then made one of his two free throws for the final margin.

For the second half the â€Â˜Cats shota bit better than the Oilers at 56 (14-25) to 50(12-24) percent.  For the game the â€Â˜Catsdid shoot better than the home team from the floor with a 46.9 percent mark(23-49) and a  30 percent ledger from thethree-point line (3-10).  The Oilers took 26 trips to the free throw line (73.1 percent)while NMU was 13-18 from the charity stripe (72.2 percent).  The â€Â˜Cats committed 19 turnovers on thenight, but did win the battle on the boards with a 34 to 32 rebounding advantage.

Marco Volcyand Hill led the way for the â€Â˜Cats as both had 13 points on the night.  M. Volcy had agame-high nine rebounds.

The â€Â˜Cats are back home on Thursdaynight (Jan. 22) against the Ashland Eagles at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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