MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team fell to the Gannon University Golden Knights 62-68 inSaturday afternoonÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s GLIAC basketball contest. The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 5-10 overalland 0-6 in the GLIAC while the Golden Knights improve to 11-5 overall and 5-2in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The first half was a close battle between the two GLIAC foesas there were seven lead changes and never a lead of more than five points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats led by five points two different times in the half, but each time theGolden KnightÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Shelby Chaney answered back with a two-point bucket. With 4:26left in the first half the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held a five-point lead until the Golden Knightsstruck back and scored 10 unanswered points to end the half with a 38-33 leadover the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.
The Golden Knights kept themselves in the first half byconnecting on 14-of-23 field goals, a shooting percentage of 60.9.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsmade 12-of-26 field goals, including 4-of-13 three-pointers in the first halfof play for 46.2 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt LePage led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats in the first half with 10points while teammates Ricky Volcy and David Noel came up with four and three steals,respectively.
The Golden Knights came out strong in the second half andthe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were never able to reclaim the lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With 14:51 to play in the game,a three-point shot by Demondi Johns, gave Gannon a 15-point lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catswere finally able to claw their way back into the game at the 1:50 mark, and whenDavid Noel hit a key three-pointer to put the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats down by just five points.The teams went on to trade baskets until Wildcat Matt LePage came up with asteal and a three-pointer which gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a two-point deficit for with 23ticks to play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were force to foul down the stretch, sending theGolden Knights to the free throw line where they connected on 4-of-4 freethrows to win the game.
On the afternoon the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats shot 20-51 from the field, ashooting percentage of 39.2, compared to 53.8 percent (21-39) shot by Gannon.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Fromthe arc NMU was 8-24 for 33.3 percent and Gannon made half of their three-pointshots (6-12).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the free-throw line the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 14-20 for 70.0 percent,while the Golden Knights were 14-17 for 76.9 percent. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LePage led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catswith 24 points while Chaney from the Golden Knights also had 24 points on9-of-11 field goals and 6-of-8 free-throws.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marco Volcy had 12 points and fiverebounds while R. Volcy was held to nine points and seven rebounds in thegame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats play home again on Tuesday, Jan. 18 as they hostUpper Peninsula ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ rival Michigan Tech, with the tip-off slated for 7:30 p.m.with the women playing the 5:30 p.m. game. Tuesday nightÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s games are ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œDonÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜DuckyÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™ PerrinÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ night as long-time statistician Perrin will be honored betweengames.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚