Press Box

Wildcats Win Big

January 22, 2004


MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Â“ After a series of three games on the road, the Northern Michigan Universitymenâ€Â™s basketball team was eager to be back at the Berry Events Centeron Thursday night.  This was obvious tothe crowd as the â€Â˜Cats defeated Ashland University with a tally of 74-59.  NMU is now 9-8 overall and 3-5 in theGLIAC.  Ashlandnow stands at 8-10 and 1-7 in the conference.


The â€Â˜Cats dominated the court as they had the lead themajority of the game.  They scored thefirst basket of the night at 14 seconds with a two-point jumper from MarcoVolcy to mark the score at 2-0.  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.  The Eagleâ€Â™s Greg Mayes wouldanswer back with his own jumper to move the score to 40-28.  NMUâ€Â™s Antwuan Holt would answer with one ofhis own at 2:44, to up the score to 45-32.  For the second half the â€Â˜Cats shot 56.5percent from the floor (13-23) and held the Eagles to 31.4 percent (11-35). Ã‚ 


Three â€Â˜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.  LePage dominated underneath thebasket for the â€Â˜Cats, grabbing seven rebounds.


As a team, NMU was 51.8 percent from the floor (29-56).  Behind the three-point line the Green andGold were 6-13 (46.2 percent) and 10-19 from the charity line (52.6 percent).  Ashlandhad the upper hand in the rebounding department with 45 to the â€Â˜Cats 38.


NMU will travel to Sault Ste. Marie on Jan. 29 for theirnext game to play Lake Superior State.