BIG RAPIDS, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Down by two points at the halfthe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had a bit of cold shooting in the second half as they were defeatedby the Ferris State University Bulldogs on Thursday night 69-51.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU only madesix shots from the floor in the second half as they scored 20 points in thehalf.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the loss the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 15-11 overall and 9-8 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris is now 13-13 and 13-4 in the conference.
Billy Hill made a jumper with time running out in the firsthalf to narrow the Bulldogs lead to 33-31 after the first 20 minutes of play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The difference in the first half was the Bulldogs had one more field goal andtwo more three-pointers than the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats did make two more freethrows than the home team in the first half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 12-27 in the first halffrom the floor for 44.4 percent, 1-8 from the arc for 12.5 percent and 6-9 fromthe free throw line for 66.7 percent.
The second half the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats took the lead at 35-34 on athree-pointer by Steve Watts less than a minute into the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ FSU took thelead by one at 35-34, but the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats ran off five points in a row, thanks to aHill three-pointer and a lay-up by Marco Volcy, to take the lead once again at39-35.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats took their final lead of the half at 43-42 on a Matt LePagetip-in at the 13:39 mark of the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris took control of the game the restof the way as they had a double-digit lead with less than five minutes toplay.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the second half the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats shot 22.2 percent (6-27) from the floor.
Antwuan Holt led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the night with 16 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Volcy was the only other ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat to crack the double-digit mark with 10 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 18-54 from the floor (33.3 percent), 4-19 fromthree-point land (21.1 percent) and 11-17 from the line (64.7 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheBulldogs pulled down 37 rebounds on the night to 33 for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.
NMU will conclude the regular season on Saturday (Feb. 28)at Grand Valley.