ASHLAND, Ohio ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ What looked like a week or soago that the Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team might not win agame in the GLIAC is not true.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU won their second GLIAC game in a row onSaturday afternoon at Ashland University 67-55.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now7-10 overall on the season and 2-6 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Head Coach Dean Ellis is onewin away from 300 career wins and two wins away from being the all-timewinningest coach in NMU history.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU led the entire game as they got out of the gates with a24-2 run the first 10 plus minutes of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had a 16-point lead beforethe Eagles even got on the board.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt LePage had seven of the first 16 pointsfor the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AU scored their first basket at 14:55 of the first half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LePageadded a bucket at 9:54 to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a 20-point lead at 22-2.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU held adouble-digit lead the rest of the way and led at halftime by a 33-20 score.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 15-32 from the floor for the first half for 46.9 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™sdefense held the Eagles to 31 percent shooting from the floor on 9-29.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats in the second half again made their shots and keptthe lead at double-digits until AU cut the margin to 55-47 with 6:23 left inthe game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Eagles went on a mini run, but the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats answered when LePagemade a three-pointer and Ricky Volcy hit a jumper.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jake Suardini and RyanReichel made a couple of free throws down the stretch.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
LePage led all scorers with a career-high 24 points, sixrebounds and four steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R. Volcy was the other ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat in double-figures with12 points and a game-high eight rebounds and six assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the game theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had 11 steals as a team.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU ended the game shooting 45.8 percent from the floor(27-59), 24 percent from the three-point line (6-25) and 50 percent from thecharity stripe (7-14).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were very active on the boards as they had 14on the offensive glass and 43 overall to out-rebound the Eagles by nine for thegame.
NMU will face Lake Superior State on Thursday (Jan. 27)which will begin a two-game home stand for the team.