MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team can not buy a win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held a two-point leadat the half (35-33), shot 47.6 percent from the floor in the second half(10-21) and dropped the game to the Mercyhurst College Lakers on Thursday night73-62.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers shot 59.1 percent from the floor for the second 20 minutesof the game (13-22).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is still looking for their first win in the GLIAC asthe team is 0-5 in conference play and 5-9 overall.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers are now 8-8overall and 2-4 in the conference.
David Noel made a lay-up at the 13:52 mark of the first halfto make the score 14-8 in favor of the home team for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats largest lead ofthe half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ There were 12 lead changes and seven ties in the first half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Neither team could muster up any offense without the other answering.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MattLePage drilled a three-pointer with 15 seconds left in the half to give theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the two-point advantage.
The first 17 plus minutes of the second half was almost likethe first.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The half had seven ties and 14 lead changes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ricky Volcy made twofree throws with 4:49 left in the game to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the 60-59 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUwould only score two more points the rest of the game as the Lakers scored 14points down the stretch.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jake Suardini scored the lone basket for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catswith 32 seconds left in the game.
Marco Volcy and Matt LePage off the bench had 12 points inthe loss.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Randy Alexandre and R. Volcy both had 11 markers for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R.Volcy had a game-high eight rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 22-49 from the floor for 44.9percent, 4-11 in three-pointers for 36.4 percent and 14-23 from the line (60.9percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MC did have one more rebound than NMU on the night with a 31-30advantage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will look to gain their first GLIAC win when they hostthe Gannon Golden Knights for their next game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Gannon is the second GLIACschool from Erie, Pa.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The game is for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 15), whichis part of the tripleheader at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketballgame is at 11:00 a.m., which will be followed by the menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s game and then theNMU hockey game against Miami at 7:35 p.m. will cap off the day.