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Wildcats Win Last Home Game


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ After losing twogames in the final seconds earlier in the week, Northern Michigan Universitymenâ€Â™s basketball team finally wins and wins big.  The Wildcats defeated Lake Superior State University Saturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center,82-67.  NMUâ€Â™s record stands at 9-7 in the GLIAC and 15-10 overall.  LSSU is now1-15 in the conference and 8-18 overall standings. 


The â€Â˜Cats broke out of the gate with a 10-2 run on theLakers in the first four minutes of the game.  A three-pointer from Billy Hillat 13:50 pulled NMU ahead 15-7.  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.  David Noel answered the jumper with a three- pointer of his own, tochange the score to 18-14.  Northern Michiganâ€Â™s defense held strong keeping Lake Superior scoreless for four out of the last eight minutes of the half.


It wasnâ€Â™t until 3:58 that the Lakers would score two pointsfrom Eric Marquardt, to narrow the lead to 10 at 35-25.  Both teams retired tothe locker rooms, NMU with the lead in hand 43-29.  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 theâ€Â˜Cats to put the scoreboard at 45-31 with 18:25 left in the game.  A seniorcombo from Steve Watts to Hill for the three-ball put the Green and Gold ahead53-33 at 16:11.  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.  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. Ã‚  Senior, Watts, finished off hisNMU home career with 14 points, five rebounds, three assist and two steals. Fellow Senior, Hill capped off his Wildcat home career with 13 points, sixrebounds and two blocks.  Other â€Â˜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.  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.  Northern Michigan crashed the boards pulling down a totalof 45 rebounds over Lake Superiorâ€Â™s 39.


The Wildcats will look to the road for their next game andface the Bulldogs of Ferris State on Thursday, Feb. 26.




Prepared By
Kayla Rice