MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team needed a win on Thursday night against Ferris State University at the Berry Events Center to secure a position in the GLIACTournament.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are going have to wait until Saturday to find out if theseason is moving on or not as they dropped a 74-65 decision to the Bulldogs.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats need to defeat Grand Valley on Saturday or an Ashland loss to advanceto the post-season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU sits at 12-14 overall on the season and 7-10 in theGLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris improves to 20-5 and 12-5 respectively.
The Bulldogs jumped out of the gate quickly as they held thelead until Nick Buck drained a three-pointer at 9:21 of the first half to givethe home team a 15-14 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ricky Volcy gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a six-point lead at24-18 with a little over six minutes left in the half when he converted athree-pointer himself.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris tied the game at 26 with about two minutes left,before R. Volcy hit another three for the lead at 29-26 going intointermission.
NMU controlled almost 50 percent of the second half beforethe Bulldogs took the lead at 47-46 with 10:23 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris wenton a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to take their lead to 10 points withthe score 56-46.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats cut the lead down to nine points on two occasions,but their final gasp was when Buck drained a three with 39 ticks left on theclock and the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats down by eight (71-63).
R. Volcy led all scorers with 31 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He also chipped inwith five rebounds. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ David Noel was the only other ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat in double-figures with13 points as he also had five rebounds, four assists and four steals on thenight.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marco Volcy shared game-high honors with eight rebounds.
For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 23-49 from the floor for 46.9percent and 5-12 from the arc (41.7 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 14-21 from the charitystripe for 66.7 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rebounds were even at 32 for each side, but Ferrishad one more offensive board at 11-10.
The regular season finale will be on Saturday (Feb. 26) atthe Berry Events Center.
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