MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Dean Ellis won his 300thcareer game on Thursday night at the Berry Events Center when the Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball squad defeated the Lake Superior StateUniversity Lakers by a 74-64 count.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ellis (300-225) is now tied with GlennBrown (1968-86) with the all-time wins record for NMU.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brown was 300-188 inhis NMU career on the bench.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Also with the win NMU has also won the pastthree games in a row, which have been all GLIAC games to improve to 8-10overall on the season and 3-6 in the conference.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers are now 6-13 and2-8 respectively.
The first half saw four lead changes and three ties.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LSSUhad the biggest lead of the first half at 21-16 with 8:42 left.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jake Suardinisank a three-pointer to cut the Lakers lead to 21-19 with 5:46 left in the halfbefore Marco Volcy tipped the ball in to tie the game at 21-all with 3:42 lefton the clock.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Suardini made a big play right before the half went he made alay-up to tie the game at 27-all with a minute and change left in the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers hit a three-pointer right before the end of the half for the 30-27lead going into the locker room.
Only down by three points at the half was not that badconsidering that the Lakers shot over 50 percent from the floor (14-27 for 51.9percent) while the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were struggling at 32.3 percent (10-31).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The second half saw the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats cut into the Lakers lead rightaway when the Volcy brothers combined for five points within the firstminute-and-a-half as Marco made a lay-up which was followed by RickyÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™sthree-pointer.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It took the Lakers almost four minutes into the second half toscore their first basket.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R. Volcy gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the lead for good when heconnected for a two-pointer with 5:23 left in the game and NMU up 54-52.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™slargest lead of the game was with 12 ticks left on the clock for the game at74-61.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
R. Volcy poured in a team-high 20 points for the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M.Volcy had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Suardini, off thebench, and David Noel both had 12 markers on the night. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats dished therock for 16 team assists and were like a thief with 11 team steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
LSSU did shoot a little bit better than the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats from thefloor for the game with a 47.2 percent (23-53)
to 45.9 percent mark (28-61).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 5-24 from thethree-point line (20.8 percent) and 13-16 from the line (81.3 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had 12 offensive boards on the night and limited the Lakers to two offthe offensive glass.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Total rebounds were in the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats favor at 40-26.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Ellis will go for the all-time NMU wins record when theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats host Saginaw Valley State University on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 29) at3:00 p.m. for ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œPack the PlaceÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
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