Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University menâ€Â™s basketball team can not buy a win.  The â€Â˜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.  The Lakers shot 59.1 percent from the floor for the second 20 minutesof the game (13-22).  NMU is still looking for their first win in the GLIAC asthe team is 0-5 in conference play and 5-9 overall.  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 â€Â˜Cats largest lead ofthe half.  There were 12 lead changes and seven ties in the first half. Neither team could muster up any offense without the other answering.  MattLePage drilled a three-pointer with 15 seconds left in the half to give theâ€Â˜Cats the two-point advantage.


The first 17 plus minutes of the second half was almost likethe first.  The half had seven ties and 14 lead changes. Ã‚  Ricky Volcy made twofree throws with 4:49 left in the game to give the â€Â˜Cats the 60-59 lead.  NMUwould only score two more points the rest of the game as the Lakers scored 14points down the stretch.  Jake Suardini scored the lone basket for the â€Â˜Catswith 32 seconds left in the game.


Marco Volcy and Matt LePage off the bench had 12 points inthe loss.  Randy Alexandre and R. Volcy both had 11 markers for the game.  R.Volcy had a game-high eight rebounds. 


For the game the â€Â˜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).  MC did have one more rebound than NMU on the night with a 31-30advantage. 


NMU will look to gain their first GLIAC win when they hostthe Gannon Golden Knights for their next game.  Gannon is the second GLIACschool from Erie, Pa.  The game is for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 15), whichis part of the tripleheader at the Berry Events Center.  The womenâ€Â™s basketballgame is at 11:00 a.m., which will be followed by the menâ€Â™s game and then theNMU hockey game against Miami at 7:35 p.m. will cap off the day.




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director