MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ For the past 10 meetingsbetween the menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball teams from Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan University everything always went the Huskies way.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The last win for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats overthe Huskies was a 72-66 victory in Marquette during the 2000-01 season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Well that changed on Tuesday night at the Berry Events Center as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats took control of the game early and never looked back to breakthe skid at 68-56.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU with the win picked up their first GLIAC win of the season(1-6) and are now 6-10 overall on the campaign.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MTU is now 12-4 overall and5-3 in the conference.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dean Ellis moved one victory closer to the all-time NMUmark as he currently has 298 career wins at NMU.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The record is 300 wins heldby Glenn Brown. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU jumped out to a 12-2 lead about four minutes into thegame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Then the Huskies chipped away at the lead and did have it down to fivepoints with 4:01 left in the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ To end the first half the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats went on a7-2 run.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ricky Volcy made all seven points during the run on twothree-pointers and a made free throw.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU held the Huskies to 26.1 percentshooting (6-23) from the floor for the first 20 minutes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 11-24for 45.8 percent.
The second half of the game was all ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU held thelead the entire half as the Huskies could only get as close as five points(54-49) with a little over five minutes left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt LePage made alay-up and a free throw then add Ladi KabatÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s lay-up and free throw and theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were up by 11 points about 30 seconds later at 60-49.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
MTU cut the NMU lead down to nine points with about threeminutes left in the game at 62-53, but that would be as close as the Huskieswould get on Tuesday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jake Suardini made back-to-back lay-ups down thestretch to seal the win for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
R. Volcy led all scorers with 26 points for the game andadded a game-high eight rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LePage added 17 points while Marco Volcyadded 12 in the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Josh Buettner was the lone Huskie to hit fordouble-figures with 16 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 16 assists on the night as four camefrom M. Volcy.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MTU committed 15 turnovers on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats registeredseven blocks and eight steals for the game.
NMU was 50 percent from the floor (25-50), 8-20 from the arc(40 percent) and 10-15 from the free throw line (66.7 percent) for the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat defense held the Huskies to 21-56 from the floor for 37.5 percent and4-18 from the three-point line (22.2 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both teams had 33 rebounds.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will take on Ashland on Saturday (Jan. 22) in aGLIAC match-up.