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DETROIT, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University menâ€Â™s basketball team snapped their two-game losing skid with a 63-51 winat Wayne State on Monday night.  The Game was originally scheduled for Jan. 8. The â€Â˜Cats are now 12-13 overall on the season and 7-9 in the GLIAC.  TheWarriors are 15-10 and 9-6 respectively.


The home team jumped out to a quick 12-4 lead a little oversix minutes gone in the game.  Then the â€Â˜Cat defense came up big to chip awayat the lead.  NMU used a 9-3 run over a three minute span in the half to getwithin one at 17-16 with 8:50 left after Matt LePage connected on athree-pointer.  WSU answered with a little run of their own to make the score23-18.  David Noel went in for a lay-up with a little more than a minute leftin the half to make the score 26-25.  That would also be the halftime score.


The first half the â€Â˜Cats were up by one, but only shot 30.6percent from the floor (11-36).  The home team was 11-23 for 47.8 percent.  NMUwent to the free throw line 11 times in the first half and only converted threeof the throws (27.3 percent).  WSU made one trip to the line and made the throwin the first 20 minutes of the game.


The second half started with the Warriors taking control andbuilding a seven-point lead about four minutes into the half.  Noel made ajumper to give the â€Â˜Cats the lead for good at 42-41 with 12:42 left in thegame.  Nick Buck made a bomb from downtown and the â€Â˜Cats lead was now 10 at55-45 with 7:39 left.  WSU cut the lead to six points (57-51) with about twominutes left on the clock, but that would be all folks.  NMU scored four of thefinal six points of the game from the free throw line.


This weekâ€Â™s GLIAC North Division Player of the Week, RickyVolcy, had his third straight double-double. Ã‚  Volcy led all scorers andrebounders with 22 points and 15 rebounds.  Ten of Volcyâ€Â™s rebounds came offthe offensive glass.  Noel was the only other â€Â˜Cat to hit for double-figureswith 14 points. 


NMU ended the game by shooting 25-62 from the floor for 40.3percent which included 4-20 from the arc (20 percent).  From the charity stripethe â€Â˜Cats were 9-21 (42.9 percent).  NMU had the big advantage on the glasswith a 44-31 advantage.


The â€Â˜Cats will conclude the regular season with two gameslater in the week at the Berry Events Center.  First up is Ferris State on Thursday (Feb. 24) and Grand Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 26).




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director