MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Monday night at the Berry Events Center, The University of Findlay Oilers, the GLIAC South leading team provedwhy they could repeat as conference champs.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Oilers raced out to a 21-7lead in the first half and held on to down the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats 79-70.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats itwas their first loss at home for the 2004-05 season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is still looking fortheir first GLIAC win of the season (0-3) and are 5-7 overall.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UF is 10-2 onthe season and a perfect 4-0 in the conference.
UF held a seven point lead (40-33) at the half after havinga 16-point lead at the 8:50 mark of the first half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A made free throw by RandyAlexandre, two baskets by Ricky Volcy and a three-pointer by Ryan Reichel cutthe lead to 29-21 with a little over six minutes left in the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both teamsconverted 14 shots from the floor for the first 20 minutes of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UF was14-28 for 50 percent while NMU was 14-29 for 48.2 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both teams madethree three-pointers in the first half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The difference was from the free throwline as the Oilers made 13 trips to the line and made nine of the throws whilethe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats only made four trips and made two.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
When R. Volcy converted a three-point play about a minuteinto the second half the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had the lead down to three points at 42-39.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Butthe Oilers answered with a 10-4 run to have a 13-point lead at 56-43 with 14:53left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From there the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats could not get any closer than sevenpoints.
R. Volcy led all scorers with 27 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He also had eightrebounds for a game-high.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ David Noel added 12 points while Marco Volcy had10.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Alexandre dished out five assists for a game-high.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU was 22-52 from the floor for the game for 48.1 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 8-18 from the three-point line (44.4 percent) and 12-16 from thefree throw line (75 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was almost even on the boards as UF had the33-30 advantage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Oilers had 14 offensive boards to 10 for NMU.
NMU will hit the road later in the week as they will take onHillsdale on Thursday night (Jan. 6) and Wayne State on Saturday (Jan. 8).