MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The NMU menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™sbasketball team could be making a move at the right time in the GLIAC race asthey won their fifth straight on Sunday afternoon 79-73 over the Ferris StateUniversity Bulldogs.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SundayÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s game was ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œPack The PlaceÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ as the Wildcatfaithful went home happy.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU still has their next four games in a row athome.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 13-8 overall and 7-5 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris falls to8-13 and 8-4 in the conference.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held a five point lead after the first 20 minutesof play on the strength of Billy HillÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 11 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the first half theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats shot 53.6 percent from the floor (15-28) while holding the Bulldogs to41.4 percent shooting from the floor.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Ferris took the 48-47 lead in the second half at 14:47.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats would answer by running off six points in a row as Ricky Volcy andClaude Delmas both converted a three-point play the old school way.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU tooktheir biggest lead of the second half at 66-58 with 8:15 left in regulation when R. Volcy converted two free throws.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs did tie the score at68-all with 3:52 left before Marco Volcy sank two free throws to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsthe two point advantage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Antwuan Holt and Matt LePage both sank two freethrows in the final 20 seconds of the game to put the game on ice.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 50 percent from the floor for the game(26-52) and only converted three of their 14 three-point attempts (21.4percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ All three three-pointers made were in the first half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the freethrow line the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 24-29 for 82.8 percent. On the boards NMU was eightbetter than Ferris at 35 to 27 rebounds.
R. Volcy led the way in both points (17) and rebounds (9)for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hill ended the game with 13 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Steve Watts and ClaudeDelmas off the bench had 11 and 10 points respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats continue with their homestand as they are back inaction on Saturday (Feb. 14) against Northwood.