HILLSDALE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Volcy brothers were the onlytwo ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats to score in the double-digits on Thursday night at Hillsdale College.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team is still searchingfor their first GLIAC win of the season after the 70-61 loss to the Chargers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 5-8 overall on the season and 0-4 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hillsdale improvesto 8-5 and 3-0 in the conference.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats shot 50 percent from the floor for the first 20minutes of the game (10-20), but still trailed the Chargers 30-25.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ HC shot 40percent from the floor for the first half (10-25).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Chargers made one morethree-pointer and four more free throws in the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marco VolcyÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s lay-up at10:31 of the half gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats their final lead of the first half at 13-12.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The second half saw the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats chip away at the lead and tiedthe game at 30-all a minute into the second half when David Noel converted alay-up.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ HC went on a 9-2 run over the next three plus minutes to have a handleon a seven-point lead at 39-32.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With 7:21 left in the game, Matt LePage made athree-point play to have the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats within three at 51-48.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Once again theChargers held the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats off as NMU could not get any closer than four pointsthe rest of the way.
Ricky Volcy had a game-high 20 points, added seven rebounds,two assists and four steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brother, Marco, had 15 points, seven rebounds andthree assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
As a team the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 23-51 from the floor (45.1percent), 4-18 in three-pointers (22.2 percent) and 11-18 from the charitystripe (61.1 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU did win the battle on the boards with a 34-33edge.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both teams had 13 offensive rebounds.
NMU will play at Wayne State on Saturday (Jan. 8) for theirnext game on their current road swing.