EAST LANSING, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team now knows how the Big 10 and the rest of thecollege basketball world feel after playing Michigan State.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On Sunday theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats and Spartans played a little exhibition game at the Breslin Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ At one point of the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held a 17-14 lead after Marco Volcy drained athree-pointer at 11:12 of the first half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ After that point of the game, theSpartans went on a 36-7 run to close out the first 20 minutes of play with a50-24 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Spartans ended up winning the game by a score of 98-56.
M. Volcy led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with 11 points and four rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ricky Volcy and Jake Suardini both had 10 markers for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R. Volcygrabbed a team-high seven rebounds. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Suardini was a perfect four-of-four fromthe floor.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maurice Ager and Paul Davis both had 18 points to pace theSpartans.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Davis had a game-high 11 boards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 19-51 from the floor (37.3percent), 6-17 in three-pointers (35.3 percent) and 12-27 from the charitystripe (44.4 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Spartans were 31-75 from the floor for the game(41.3 percent), 10-26 in threeÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s (38.5 percent) and 26-28 from the free throwline (92.9 percent).
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats open it up for real this Friday (Nov. 19) at theNorthern Kentucky Tournament as they will face the Christian Brothers of Tenn.at 5:30 p.m.