UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU defeated the Cardinals in Marquette on Jan. 29 by a66-54 score.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the loss the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 11-12 overall on the season and6-8 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SV improves to 10-14 and 5-10 respectively.
The first half had five ties and four lead changes.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™slargest lead of the half was six points after Ricky Volcy sank both of his freethrows with 7:53 left in the half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats held the 72-70 lead with 1:11 left in thegame when Jake Suardini converted a three-point play the old school way.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheCardinals finished off the game with an 8-0 run for the final score.
Four ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were in double-digits as Ricky Volcy led the waywith a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ David Noel and Marco Volcyboth had 12 points each.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Suardini off the bench had 10 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcy addeda team-high six assists while Noel added a game-high five steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R. Volcy hadboth blocks for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU shot 41.5 percent from the floor (27-65) for the gamewhich included 4-27 from the three-point line (14.8 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the freethrow line the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 14-19 (73.7 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rebounds were dead even at 39for each side.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU did have one more offensive rebound at 14 than theCardinals.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will face Lake Superior State on Saturdayafternoon (Feb. 19).