Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University menâ€Â™s basketball team needed a win or an Ashland loss to Hillsdale tocontinue with the season.  Well the â€Â˜Cats did their part by downing Grand Valley State 73-64 on Saturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center.  It was also thefinal time two seniors would play in Marquette as Matt LePage and Ladi Kabatwould lace it up for the final time at home.  With the win the â€Â˜Cats finish theregular season at 13-14 overall and 8-10 in the GLIAC.  The Lakers fall to 18-9and 11-7 respectively.


NMU will face Ferris State University on Tuesday night(March 1), at 7:00 p.m., in Big Rapids in the GLIAC Menâ€Â™s BasketballTournament.  The â€Â˜Cats will be the fourth seed in the GLIAC North while theBulldogs will be the top seed in the GLIAC North. 


Saturday the â€Â˜Cats came out and acted like they were allbusiness.  With the score tied at 10-all about seven plus minutes into the gamethe â€Â˜Cats ran off six straight points to take the 16-10 lead with 11:16 left inthe half.  Marco Volcy had a dunk with 37 ticks left on the clock beforeintermission to give the â€Â˜Cats a 12-point cushion at 33-21. 


NMU held the lead the entire second half as the biggest leadwas 15 points which the â€Â˜Cats had four times.  Ricky Volcy made a three-pointerwith 8:28 left in the game to give the â€Â˜Cats one of their 15-point cushions. With less than 1:30 left in the game Ryan Reichel made one of his two freethrows to ice the game for the â€Â˜Cats at 71-56. 


A total of five â€Â˜Cats were in double-digits in the scoringcolumn.  Leading the way was M. Volcy with 14 points.  Brother, Ricky, added 12points.  David Noel, LePage and Jake Suardini all had 11 points each.  M. Volcyalso led the â€Â˜Cats on the boards with nine rebounds.  LePage added eightrebounds while Suardini had seven.  Noel added six steals in the win. 


For the game NMU was 21-47 from the floor for 44.7 percentwhich included 9-15 from the three-point line (60 percent).  The â€Â˜Cats made 34trips to the free throw line and converted 22 of the throws for 64.7 percent. NMU controlled the boards by out rebounding the Lakers 42-27.  The â€Â˜Cats had atotal of 12 offensive boards for the game and allowed the Lakers six offensiverebounds. 






Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director