Press Box


UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University menâ€Â™s basketball team dropped their second game in the pastthree with a 78-72 set-back to the Cardinals of Saginaw Valley State Universityon Thursday night.  NMU defeated the Cardinals in Marquette on Jan. 29 by a66-54 score.  With the loss the â€Â˜Cats are now 11-12 overall on the season and6-8 in the GLIAC.  SV improves to 10-14 and 5-10 respectively.


The first half had five ties and four lead changes.  NMUâ€Â™slargest lead of the half was six points after Ricky Volcy sank both of his freethrows with 7:53 left in the half.  The home team tied the game twice beforehalf as the first time was at 26 with 2:26 left and then right before the halfwhen Brandon Hall made four free throws with five seconds left on the clock. He was awarded two free throws for a foul and NMU was hit with a technical.


The second 20 minutes was about the same as there were eightties and 12 lead changes.  The â€Â˜Cats held the 72-70 lead with 1:11 left in thegame when Jake Suardini converted a three-point play the old school way.  TheCardinals finished off the game with an 8-0 run for the final score.


Four â€Â˜Cats were in double-digits as Ricky Volcy led the waywith a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds.  David Noel and Marco Volcyboth had 12 points each.  Suardini off the bench had 10 points.  M. Volcy addeda team-high six assists while Noel added a game-high five steals.  R. Volcy hadboth blocks for the â€Â˜Cats on the night. 


NMU shot 41.5 percent from the floor (27-65) for the gamewhich included 4-27 from the three-point line (14.8 percent).  From the freethrow line the â€Â˜Cats were 14-19 (73.7 percent).  Rebounds were dead even at 39for each side.  NMU did have one more offensive rebound at 14 than theCardinals.


The â€Â˜Cats will face Lake Superior State on Saturdayafternoon (Feb. 19).




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director