MARQUETTE, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team will be sending Northwood University back to Midland, Mich. with a special ValentineÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚¦a loss. NMUdefeated Northwood 71-53, Saturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Withthe win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats have won six straight games and eight of the past 10.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheWildcats are now 14-8 overall and 8-5 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Timberwolves now standat 14-10 and 8-7 in the conference play.
Billy Hill put up the first bucketof the afternoon at 19:30 for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats to give them the first advantage of thegame at 2-0.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats held onto the lead until 14:20 when the Timberwolves Richard Kamm hit a jumper to put the score at 14-13 in favor of thevisitors.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northwood lost their lead for the half and the rest of the game at 1:26 when David Noel stepped up to the arc and made a huge three-pointer for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats tomove the score to 24-23.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Steve Watts would add to the score with a two-pointshot, to make the halftime score 26-23.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU left the court shooting 31.3percent from the floor (10-32).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northwood shot 37 percent (10-27) at the half.
NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Marco Volcy came out in thefirst nine seconds of the second half to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a 28-23 lead with atwo-point jumper.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats went on a run out scoring the Timberwolves 16-13in the first seven minutes of the second half moving the score to 44-36.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Fornearly three minutes the Green and Gold defense held Northwood scoreless.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ItwasnÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™t until 11:58 left in the game that the Timberwolves would score a three-pointerfrom Derek Fillmore.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Keder Hyppolite grabbed the last basket of the night forthe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with nine seconds left in regulation to give NMU an 18-point spread,the largest of the day.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s scoring was led by RickyVolcy with 17 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Antwuan Holt followed with 14 points and Billy Hillmarked the last of double-digits with 13 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R. Volcy was also the leaderwith rebounds with eight.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northern Michigan was 47.2 percent from the field(25-53), 35 percent from behind the three point arc (7-20) and 73.7 percentfrom the free throw line (14-19).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats out-rebounded the Timberwolvesfor the afternoon 38 to 29.
Northern Michigan will faceMichigan Tech in the battle of the U.P. rivals on Monday, Feb. 16 at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Game time is scheduled for 7:30.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ An added bonus will be the freethrow shoot-out that the NMU and MTU Athletic Directors will be doing beforeeach game.