DETROIT, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team snapped their two-game losing skid with a 63-51 winat Wayne State on Monday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Game was originally scheduled for Jan. 8.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 12-13 overall on the season and 7-9 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Then the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat defense came up big to chip awayat the lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WSU answered with a little run of their own to make the score23-18.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ David Noel went in for a lay-up with a little more than a minute leftin the half to make the score 26-25.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ That would also be the halftime score.
The first half the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were up by one, but only shot 30.6percent from the floor (11-36).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home team was 11-23 for 47.8 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUwent to the free throw line 11 times in the first half and only converted threeof the throws (27.3 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Noel made ajumper to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the lead for good at 42-41 with 12:42 left in thegame.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nick Buck made a bomb from downtown and the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats lead was now 10 at55-45 with 7:39 left.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WSU cut the lead to six points (57-51) with about twominutes left on the clock, but that would be all folks.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU scored four of thefinal six points of the game from the free throw line.
This weekÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s GLIAC North Division Player of the Week, RickyVolcy, had his third straight double-double.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Volcy led all scorers andrebounders with 22 points and 15 rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ten of VolcyÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s rebounds came offthe offensive glass.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Noel was the only other ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat to hit for double-figureswith 14 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU ended the game by shooting 25-62 from the floor for 40.3percent which included 4-20 from the arc (20 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the charity stripethe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 9-21 (42.9 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had the big advantage on the glasswith a 44-31 advantage.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will conclude the regular season with two gameslater in the week at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ First up is Ferris State on Thursday (Feb. 24) and Grand Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 26).