'Cats Can Breathe Easy With Win
MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ After losing twogames in the final seconds earlier in the week, Northern Michigan UniversitymenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team finally wins and wins big.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats defeated Lake Superior State University Saturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center,82-67.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s record stands at 9-7 in the GLIAC and 15-10 overall.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LSSU is now1-15 in the conference and 8-18 overall standings.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats broke out of the gate with a 10-2 run on theLakers in the first four minutes of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A three-pointer from Billy Hillat 13:50 pulled NMU ahead 15-7.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LSSU worked its way back into the game with a jumperfrom Jim Clement at 10:37 to pull them within one point of the Wildcats,15-14.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ David Noel answered the jumper with a three- pointer of his own, tochange the score to 18-14.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northern MichiganÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s defense held strong keeping Lake Superior scoreless for four out of the last eight minutes of the half.
It wasnÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™t until 3:58 that the Lakers would score two pointsfrom Eric Marquardt, to narrow the lead to 10 at 35-25.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both teams retired tothe locker rooms, NMU with the lead in hand 43-29.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northern Michigan was 48.4percent (15-31) from the field at half and Lake Superior was 40 percent(12-30).
The second half opened with Antwuan Holt made two for theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats to put the scoreboard at 45-31 with 18:25 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A seniorcombo from Steve Watts to Hill for the three-ball put the Green and Gold ahead53-33 at 16:11.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A lay-up from Noel with 11:21 left in regulation put theWildcats ahead by 26 points, the largest lead of the afternoon, making thescore 66-40.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU held the lead for the rest of the game sealing the win at 54seconds left with a free throw from Hill.
Claude Delmas led the Wildcats to the win with adouble-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Senior, Watts, finished off hisNMU home career with 14 points, five rebounds, three assist and two steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Fellow Senior, Hill capped off his Wildcat home career with 13 points, sixrebounds and two blocks.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Other ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats scoring in double-digits were Holt andNoel each with 12 points, followed by Marco Volcy with 10.
The Green and Gold shot 40.8 percent (29-71) from the floor,33.3 percent (8-24) from the three-point line and 64 percent (16-25) from thefree throw line.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers finished shooting 41.1 percent (23-56) from thefield, 32 percent (8-25) from the three-point arc, and 65 percent (13-20) fromthe charity stripe.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northern Michigan crashed the boards pulling down a totalof 45 rebounds over Lake SuperiorÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 39.
The Wildcats will look to the road for their next game andface the Bulldogs of Ferris State on Thursday, Feb. 26.