FINDLAY, OhioÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Monday night the NorthernMichiganUniversity menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball teamfaced the ninth ranked team in NCAA II menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball, The University ofFindlay Oilers, for their third and final game oftheir road swing.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Oilers defeated the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats by a count of 69-62.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 8-8 overall and 2-5 in theGLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Findlaynow stands at 14-4 and 6-2 in the conference.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats kept the game close inthe first half as neither team was shooting the lights out.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But the green andgold were only trailing by seven at 35-28.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both teams were also under 20 percent from the three-point line as the Oilers were 2-11 (18.2 percent) and the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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 ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats within sixpoints at 59-53.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ After a three-pointerby the Oilers with less than a minute left in thegame the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats answered with a Hill three-pointer to cut the lead to 67-60 with42 seconds left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ricky Volcy hit a jumper with 21 ticks left on the clock to havethe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats within six at 68-62.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ DustinPfeifer then made one of his two free throws for the final margin.
For the second half the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats shota bit better than the Oilers at 56 (14-25) to 50(12-24) percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsdid shoot better than the home team from the floor with a 46.9 percent mark(23-49) and aÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 30 percent ledger from thethree-point line (3-10).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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 ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats as both had 13 points on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcy had agame-high nine rebounds.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are back home on Thursdaynight (Jan. 22) against the Ashland Eagles at 7:30 p.m.