January 15, 2005





MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University menâ€Â™s basketball team fell to the Gannon University Golden Knights 62-68 inSaturday afternoonâ€Â™s GLIAC basketball contest. The â€Â˜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. 


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. The â€Â˜Cats led by five points two different times in the half, but each time theGolden Knightâ€Â™s Shelby Chaney answered back with a two-point bucket. With 4:26left in the first half the â€Â˜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 â€Â˜Cats.


The Golden Knights kept themselves in the first half byconnecting on 14-of-23 field goals, a shooting percentage of 60.9.  The â€Â˜Catsmade 12-of-26 field goals, including 4-of-13 three-pointers in the first halfof play for 46.2 percent.  Matt LePage led the â€Â˜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 â€Â˜Cats were never able to reclaim the lead.  With 14:51 to play in the game,a three-point shot by Demondi Johns, gave Gannon a 15-point lead.  The â€Â˜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 â€Â˜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 â€Â˜Cats a two-point deficit for with 23ticks to play.  The â€Â˜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 â€Â˜Cats shot 20-51 from the field, ashooting percentage of 39.2, compared to 53.8 percent (21-39) shot by Gannon.  Fromthe arc NMU was 8-24 for 33.3 percent and Gannon made half of their three-pointshots (6-12).  From the free-throw line the â€Â˜Cats were 14-20 for 70.0 percent,while the Golden Knights were 14-17 for 76.9 percent.  LePage led the â€Â˜Catswith 24 points while Chaney from the Golden Knights also had 24 points on9-of-11 field goals and 6-of-8 free-throws.  Marco Volcy had 12 points and fiverebounds while R. Volcy was held to nine points and seven rebounds in thegame. 


The â€Â˜Cats play home again on Tuesday, Jan. 18 as they hostUpper Peninsula  rival Michigan Tech, with the tip-off slated for 7:30 p.m.with the women playing the 5:30 p.m. game. Tuesday nightâ€Â™s games are â€ÂœDonâ€Â˜Duckyâ€Â™ Perrinâ€Â night as long-time statistician Perrin will be honored betweengames. 



Prepared By
Bridget Berube
S.W.A. - Compliance Coordinator