January 31, 2004

'Cats Win Third Straight


 

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. â€Â“ The NMU menâ€Â™s basketball team wontheir third game in a row on Saturday afternoon and their fifth in the pastseven games.  NMU defeated Saginaw Valley State University65-62 to pick up their 11th win on the season.  NMU is now 11-8 overall and 5-5 in theGLIAC.  SVSU is 8-13 and 2-10 in theconference.

 

The â€Â˜Cats started the momentum early in the game when theygot out of the gates with a 10-2 sprint in the first six minutes.  NMU held the lead the rest of the half andwent into the locker room with a 32-25 lead. Neither team was really shooting the lights out in the first 20 minutesof play.  NMU was at 38.5 percent (15-39)while the Cardinals were shooting at a 30 percent clip (9-30). 

 

The â€Â˜Cats were shutout in three-pointers in the first half(0-6) and were 2-of-11 for the game (18.2 percent).  SVSU was 8-of-23 from the three-point linefor the game (34.8 percent).

 

With less than three minutes left in regulation theCardinals took a 56-55 lead.  Billy Hillmade two free throws with a couple ticks over two minutes left in regulation totie the game at 59-all.  SVSU then missedtwo jumpers and NMU had a turnover in the next minute plus of the game.  Hill then made two more throws with 27seconds left in regulation to give the â€Â˜Cats the lead for good at 61-59.  Antwuan Holt then made four free throws downthe stretch for the â€Â˜Cats.

 

Both teams shot under 40 percent for the game from thefloor.  NMU was 24-of-61 for 39.3 percentwhile the Cardinals were 22-of-58 for 37.9 percent.  NMU had one of their better games from thefree thrown line where they were 15-of-17 for 88.2 percent.  The â€Â˜Cats dominated the boards with 44 totalrebounds as 13 were on the offensive end. SVSU had 32 rebounds for the game.

 

Hill had a game-high 15 points as he made all seven of hisfree throw attempts.  The Volcy brothersboth had a double-double as Ricky had 12 points and 11 rebounds while Marco had11 points and 10 rebounds.  Holt endedthe game with 11 points, five assists and three steals.

 

The â€Â˜Cats are home at the Berry Events Centerfor their next six games.  The first oneon the schedule is against Grand Valley State Universityon Thursday (Feb. 5) at 7:30 p.m.

 

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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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