ST. CLOUD, Minn. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats started out with astrange twist on Thursday night at St. Cloud.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The team left their uniforms onthe bus and the search was on all over the city for Huk, the bus driver, andthe NMU bus.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was discussed that if the uniforms could not be found then theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats would use the road uniforms of the Huskies, but the St. Cloud equipment managerfound the NMU bus and the uniforms to save the day.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were still intheir practice gear for warm-ups, but came out in their uniforms for the game.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats fell to the Huskies 85-72 and dropped to 5-6 onthe season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ St. Cloud improves to 10-2.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home team built an 11-pointhalftime cushion and extended their lead in the second half for the win.
With the home team leading by a 28-15 score, Ricky Volcy wascharged with offensive fouls on consecutive trips down court.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dean Ellis wasthen hit with a technical which gave the home team the 30-15 lead after makingthe free throws.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies had their biggest lead of the game with a20-point spread at 39-19 with a little over five minutes left in the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jumpers by Marco Volcy and Nick Buck with a couple of free throws by David Noelcut into the Huskies lead before half.
The second half saw the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats score the first six points ofthe half as Ricky Volcy made the shots.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was now down 42-37 less than twominutes into the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ladi Kabat sank a three-pointer with 9:19 left in thegame to get the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats to within one at 60-59.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies answered with an11-2 run over the next four minutes to make the lead 71-61 with five minutesand change left in the game.
M. Volcy led the way with a double-double against theHuskies.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He ended the night with a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brother, R. Volcy, had 15 points and seven rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Two other ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats hit fordouble-figures in the scoring column as Randy Alexandre had 12 and Nick Buckoff the bench had 10 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Noel added four assists and four steals for theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.
For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 26-56 from the floor (46.4percent), 6-20 from the three-point line (30 percent) and 14-30 from the freethrow line (46.7 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU did have 10 offensive rebounds on the night,but were out-rebounded by a 41-32 margin.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are back into GLIAC play on Monday night (Jan. 3)against The University of Findlay at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ First up will bethe womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s game at 5:30 p.m. against the Oilers which will be followed by themenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚