Press Box

NMU breaks Winning Streak



MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Itâ€Â™s been three years and thecurse of losing to Michigan Tech University still continues. After a hardfought game, Northern Michigan University menâ€Â™s basketball team lost to MTU inMonday nightâ€Â™s contest at the Berry Events Center with a final score of 58-56. Itlooked like that the â€Â˜Cats would pull out the win, but a three-pointer by MTUâ€Â™sJason Marcotte with less than a second left in the game dashed all hopes of theâ€Â˜Cats faithful. 


Northern Michigan now is 14-9 overall and 8-6 in the GLIAC. Nationally-ranked Michigan Tech stands 11-3 in conference and 17-4 overall. The loss snaps the â€Â˜Cats six-game winning streak. 


NMU came out of the gates with an 11-4 run to open the game.A jumper from MTUâ€Â™s Marcotte at 11:35 in the first half brought the game to withinone point at 14-13.  A brother combo from Marco Volcy to Ricky Volcy for thelay-up would pull the â€Â˜Cats three points ahead of the Huskies at 16-13.  NMUwould hold onto the lead heading into the locker rooms at halftime with thescoreboard showing 26-22.  NMU was 40 percent (10-25) from the field going intothe second half and MTU was 47.6 percent (10-21) from the floor.


A three-pointer from Billy Hill marked the start of thescoring in the second half, putting the score at 29-22.  Jeff McHenry would tiethe game at 29-all with a jumper for the Huskies at 15:13.  David Noel came up with a three for the Wildcats at 13:54 to move the tally to 34-29.  MTUanswered the three-pointer with one of their own at 13:54 from Bob Evans. 


NMU maintained the lead until 9:03 when MTUâ€Â™s Josh Buettnerwould hit a three to move the score into the Huskies favor 43-41. Another threecame from Hill at 1:42 to put the Green and Gold at the advantage, 56-52.  Withthat three-pointer from Hill he tied the NMU career mark for three-pointersmade at 211. 


The game remained close with the final ticks of the clockmoving off the clock.  Kelsey Fors stepped up to the arc to sink one puttingMTU within one point of NMU (56-55) with 35 seconds left in regulation.  Twomissed free throws by Antwuan Holt with 26 seconds left set up the final seriesof plays in the game.  Fors missed a three-pointer for the Huskies with 17seconds left in the game as MTU called a time-out.  A buzzer beater by a guardedMarcotte sealed the game and the win for the Huskies.


R. Volcy led the Wildcats in scoring with 20 points for thenight.  Hill pitched in 13 points and Steve Watts capped off the double-digitswith 10.  Claude Delmas came off the bench to spark the â€Â˜Cats with sevenrebounds.  As a team NMU held the advantage on the glass with 31 boards toMTUâ€Â™s 30 as 11 came on the offensive end. 


NMU shot 38.8 percent (19-49) for the night from the floor,28.6 percent (6-21) from the three-point arc and 75 percent (12-16) from thefree throw stripe.  Michigan Tech was 45.1 percent (23-51) from the field, 41.7percent (10-24) from the three-point line and 66.7 percent (2-3) from thecharity line.



Northern Michigan will host Saginaw Valley State for their nextgame on Thursday, Feb. 19.  Game time is 7:30 p.m.


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Kayla Rice