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NMU is ready for the U


MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University menâ€Â™s basketball team will be sending Northwood University back to Midland, Mich. with a special Valentineâ€Â¦a loss. NMUdefeated Northwood 71-53, Saturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center.  Withthe win the â€Â˜Cats have won six straight games and eight of the past 10.  TheWildcats are now 14-8 overall and 8-5 in the GLIAC.  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 â€Â˜Cats to give them the first advantage of thegame at 2-0.  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.  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 â€Â˜Cats tomove the score to 24-23.  NMUâ€Â™s Steve Watts would add to the score with a two-pointshot, to make the halftime score 26-23.  NMU left the court shooting 31.3percent from the floor (10-32).  Northwood shot 37 percent (10-27) at the half.


NMUâ€Â™s Marco Volcy came out in thefirst nine seconds of the second half to give the â€Â˜Cats a 28-23 lead with atwo-point jumper.  The â€Â˜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.  Fornearly three minutes the Green and Gold defense held Northwood scoreless.  Itwasnâ€Â™t until 11:58 left in the game that the Timberwolves would score a three-pointerfrom Derek Fillmore.  Keder Hyppolite grabbed the last basket of the night forthe â€Â˜Cats with nine seconds left in regulation to give NMU an 18-point spread,the largest of the day. 


NMUâ€Â™s scoring was led by RickyVolcy with 17 points.  Antwuan Holt followed with 14 points and Billy Hillmarked the last of double-digits with 13 points.  R. Volcy was also the leaderwith rebounds with eight.  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).  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.  Game time is scheduled for 7:30.  An added bonus will be the freethrow shoot-out that the NMU and MTU Athletic Directors will be doing beforeeach game.



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Kayla Rice