HOUGHTON, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The quarterfinal gameof the GLIAC Tournament was more one sided than the two previous meetings thisseason between Northern Michigan University and Michigan Tech.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskiessprinted out of the gate to a 15-2 lead about six minutes into the game andnever looked back as Tech cruised to an 87-66 win on Tuesday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheHuskies will advance in the GLIAC Tournament while the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats end the season at16-12.
The only lead of the game that the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held was whenAntwuan Holt made a lay-up about 10 seconds into the game for the 2-0 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marco VolcyÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s lay-up at the 13:30 mark of the first half began a 13-2 run bythe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats which narrowed the Huskies lead to two points at 9:17 of the first half to 17-15.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The rest of the half Tech out-scored the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats by a 21-12 margin totake the halftime lead 38-27.
After the first 20 minutes of play the Huskies were shooting50 percent from the floor (15-20) and from the three-point line (6-12).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were at 34.5 percent form the floor (10-29) and 31.3 percent from the arc(5-16).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both teams were perfect from the free throw line as a total of fourfoul shots were attempted for the half.
Tech had a double-digit lead the entire second half as theywent on a 14-5 run in the first seven minutes of the half to take the 52-32lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ When Billy Hill made his second of two free throws with less than twominutes left in the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had the lead down to 15 points at 77-62.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hill ended the game by tying his career-high of 33 points in his final game asa ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hill ends his NMU career with 1,612 points which puts him fourth onthe all-time scoring list.
Holt ended the night with 14 points as Steve Watts alsoplaying in his final NMU game had 12 markers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 23-55from the floor (41.8 percent), 11-28 from the three-point arc (39.3 percent)and made all nine of their free throw attempts.