MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Entering the season, TheUniversity of Findlay menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team was picked as the top team in theGreat Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South while Northern Michigan University was selected as the top team in the GLIAC North as selected bythe conference coaches.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ An early season showdown was played at the Berry Events Center on Saturday afternoon.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was also the conference opener for bothteams.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ After the final buzzer went off the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had won the battle ofpreseason number oneÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s with a 73-61 decision.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The win snapped a five-game skidagainst the Oilers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UF was ranked 18th in this weekÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s NABC DivisionII Coaches Poll.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU won its third straight game and now are 3-3 on theseason and 1-0 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UF falls to 4-2 and 0-1 respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU got off to a quick start with a 27-7 run for almost thefirst 10 minutes of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the half NMU was 16-31 for 51.6 percentwhile the Oilers were struggling with a 6-30 shooting (20 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™slargest lead of the half was after Marco Volcy made a lay-up with 7:24 left andthe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats up 32-7.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UF did not go over 10 points until 4:37 remaining with thescore, 34-11.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU went into the locker room with a 38-16 lead after 20 minutesof play.
NMU at one point of the second half had a 28-point lead whenRicky Volcy made a lay-up with 18:57 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Oilers chipped awayat the lead and were within five at 57-52 with 6:29 left.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A tip-in and twomade free throws by Will Washington gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a double-digit lead (64-52)with a little more than five minutes left.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Oilers had the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats lead downto nine points with about three-and-a-half minutes left.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats ran offfive straight points to put the game away.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
R. Volcy led all scorers with 22 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He also addedeight rebounds, four assists and four blocks.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brother, Marco, had adouble-double with 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He chipped in withfive assists, one block and three steals.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Washington had 14 points in the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Frank Phillips led the Oilers with 14 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU ended the game by shooting almost 53 percent from thefloor on 28-53.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 5-17 from beyond the line (29.4 percent) and12-16 from the free throw line (75 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 19 offensive rebounds outof 48 for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Oilers had 26 boards for the 40 minutes of play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU hits the road for its next six games.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ First up isanother GLIAC contest at Saginaw Valley State on Thursday night (Dec. 8).