MARQUETTE, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ After a series of three games on the road, the NorthernMichiganUniversitymenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team was eager to be back at the BerryEventsCenteron Thursday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ This was obvious tothe crowd as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats defeated AshlandUniversity with a tally of 74-59. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 9-8 overall and 3-5 in theGLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ashlandnow stands at 8-10 and 1-7 in the conference.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats dominated the court as they had the lead themajority of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ They scored thefirst basket of the night at 14 seconds with a two-point jumper from MarcoVolcy to mark the score at 2-0.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Eaglesof Ashland stayed with NMU in the first half as both teams retired to thelocker rooms with a score of 38-26 in favor of the home team.
NMU came back to the court scoring another two-pointer fromM. Volcy.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The EagleÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Greg Mayes wouldanswer back with his own jumper to move the score to 40-28.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Antwuan Holt would answer with one ofhis own at , to up the score to 45-32.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the second half the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats shot 56.5percent from the floor (13-23) and held the Eagles to 31.4 percent (11-35).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Three ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats hit for double-digits on the night as RickyVolcy led the way with 13 points, Matt LePage pitched in 11 and Keder Hyppolitehad 10.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LePage dominated underneath thebasket for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats, grabbing seven rebounds.
As a team, NMU was 51.8 percent from the floor (29-56).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Behind the three-point line the Green andGold were 6-13 (46.2 percent) and 10-19 from the charity line (52.6 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ashlandhad the upper hand in the rebounding department with 45 to the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats 38.
NMU will travel to Sault Ste. Marie on Jan. 29 for theirnext game to play Lake SuperiorState.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚