ALLENDALE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team proved why they are one of the hottest teams in the GLIAC. TheÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats went into Grand Valley State University and soundly defeated the Lakers,who are the top team in the GLIAC North, by a 69-56 score.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats won their fifth straight game and are now 10-10 overall on the season and5-6 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers fall to 14-6 and 7-4 respectively.
The Lakers held a slight lead early on at 6-4 before MattLePage tied the game at six-all at the 15:10 mark of the first half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From thatpoint on in the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats controlled the pace.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marco Volcy made a jumperand then sank the free throw on the three-point play to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats theirbiggest lead of the half at 29-16 with 5:18 left before intermission.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Lakers cut the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats lead down to four points at 12:47left in the game, before Jake Suardini canned a three-pointer and M. Volcy madea free throw to give NMU the eight point cushion at 45-37.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Over the next threeminutes of the game the Lakers cut the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats lead down to seven points beforeRicky Volcy made two free throws which was then followed by a three-pointer byNick Buck with 6:40 left in the game to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a double-digit lead of 12points at 57-45.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With less than four minutes left in the game the Lakers hadthe lead down to single-digits at 57-48, but made free throws by the Volcybrothers sealed the win for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.
NMU shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half of thegame (15-30) and 44.9 percent for the game (22-49), from the three-point linethe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 7-15 on the night for 46.7 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 18-33 from thecharity stripe (54.5 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The NMU defense held GVSU to 33.3 percentshooting for the night (20-60).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On the boards the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats crashed the glass for42 total rebounds as the Lakers grabbed 39.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSU did manage 16 offensiverebounds to 13 for NMU.
The Volcy brothers led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats in the scoring column asRicky had 21 points and Marco added 14.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R. Volcy had a double-double with his10 rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 17 assists for the night as Ryan Reichel led the way withfour.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Suardini and R. Volcy both had three steals.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will face Ferris State in Big Rapids on Saturday(Feb. 5).