Marquette, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team was just no match for Grand Valley State Universityas they came out strong in the final minutes of the game on Thursday night to takethe 48-45 GLIAC contest.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers slowed the pace of the game by taking someair out of the ball.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Grand Valley now is 11-9 overall and 3-8 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU now stands 12-8 overall and 6-5 in conference play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU would take their first lead of the night about fourminutes into the game at 8-5 with a three-pointer from Ricky Volcy.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSU wouldfight right back to tie the score at eight-all with two made free throws fromEric Chess.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the start of the first half the score would go back and forthas there were a total of six lead changes. The Wildcats were barely out shot inthe first half by the Lakers as they left the floor with the visitors leading31-29.
Grand Valley was at 48.1 percent from the floor at the halfand Northern Michigan was just behind with 44 percent.
GVSU held the lead until 3:40 left in regulation when NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™sR. Volcy swooshed two from behind the charity line to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the leadat 46-45.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A lay-up from Billy Hill at 2:46 would secure the win for theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s defense played a big role in the win, as the team held GVSU to anamazing 28.6 percent from the floor for the second half, giving them 39.6 percent(19-48) for the contest.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The score for the second half was 19-14 in favor ofthe home team.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers were held scoreless the final nine plus minutes ofthe game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With a slowed down game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats managed to pull down 28 reboundsfor the game to the Lakers 23.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU shot 50 percent from the floor (8-16) for the second 20minutes of play and for the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 19-41 for 46.3 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUwas 40 percent from the free throw line (4-10) and 31.6 percent from the three-pointarch (6-19). R. Volcy and Hill led the Green and Gold for the night eachscoring 13 points, being the only two for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats to score in double-digits.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R. Volcy was also strong under the basket for the night, pulling down agame-high nine boards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He just missed having his second double-double in arow.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Steve Watts also did his share grabbing seven rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Northern Michigan University will play their next game at homeagainst Ferris State University, which will be Pack The Place on Sunday (Feb. 8)at 3:00 p.m.