'Cats Come Back Falls Short
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team was facing the Ferris State University Bulldogs forthe third time this season in the GLIAC Quarterfinals on Tuesday night in BigRapids.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU lost a wild 103-98 game to the Bulldogs at Jim Wink Arena.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats finish the 2004-05 season with a 13-15 slate.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris moves on in theGLIAC Tournament with a 22-5 record.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were down 47-38 at the half and only shot 39.5percent from the floor for the first 20 minutes of the game (15-38).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ What adifferences 20 minutes would make, in the second half the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 24-36 fromthe floor for 66.7 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs were almost as hot as they were 20-31for 64.5 percent.
FSU had a 20-point lead about half way through the secondhalf.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats then went to work to chip away at the lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ When David Noelmade a lay-up with 2:46 left in the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were down 91-80.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ JakeSuardini cut the lead to single-digits (93-85) when he made both of his freethrows with 1:17 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Ferris had the lead back to double-digits with a made freethrow about 10 seconds later.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris would make two free throws to go up by 12before Nick Buck hit a three-pointer with 25 ticks left on the clock to havethe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats within nine at 99-90.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt LePage had NMU six back at 99-93 when hemade a three-pointer with 18 seconds left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Suardini made a lay-upand the Ferris lead was down to four points with 14 seconds left in the gameand the score 99-95.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Corey Epps from Ferris made two free throws to give theBulldogs the six-point lead with 14 seconds left in the game. LePage,playing his last game in a Wildcat uniform, came through again with anotherthree-pointer. The score was now 101-98 with nine seconds left inthe game. Dennis Springs converted both of his free throws for the finalmargin.
Marco Volcy and Suardini ended the game with career-highs inthe scoring column. Volcy ended the contest with 24 points and 10rebounds for a double-double. Suardini had 22 points for the game as hecame off the bench for his points. Noel, R. Volcy and Suardini all hadfive assists for the game. Ricky Volcy ended the game with 18 points asLePage had 13 markers.
For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 39-74 from the floor for 52.7percent and 8-24 from the arc (33.3. percent). The Bulldogs were 34-61from the floor for 55.7 percent. NMU was 12-17 from the charity stripefor 70.6 percent. The rebounding advantage went to the home team at36-31.