BIG RAPIDS, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team saw their five-game winning streak end on Saturdayafternoon at Ferris State University when the Bulldogs held off a late ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsurge to take the game 80-75.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU falls to 10-11 overall and 5-7 in theGLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ FSU is 15-5 and 7-5 respectively.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were down by 14 points at the half (38-24) whileshooting 38.1 percent from the floor (8-21) for the first 20 minutes of thegame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Over the last five minutes of the half the Bulldogs went on a 12-4 run.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jake Suardini scored both baskets for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats in the last five minutes of thehalf.
The second half saw the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats pick away at the lead and hadit down under double-digits when Nick Buck canned a three-pointer with 6:42left in the game and the Bulldogs leading 61-54.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Buck connected on anotherthree at 2:58 left to get the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats within three points at 70-67.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With 16ticks left on the clock, Suardini made both of his free throws as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats nowwere down by one (76-75).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But, the home team made all four of their freethrows to ice the win in the final seconds of the game.
Ricky Volcy led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with 21 points and four assists.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brother, Marco, had another double-double with his 16 points and 12 rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He also had six assists and two steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Suardini off the bench ended the gamewith 12 points and five rebounds.
NMU was 25-53 from the floor for the game (47.2 percent) and6-15 from thee-point land (40 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the charity stripe the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were19-26 for 73.1 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU won the rebounding tussle on the afternoon with a31-24 edge, which included 11 off the offensive glass.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will face Northwood on Thursday (Feb. 10) fortheir next action.