Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Entering the season, TheUniversity of Findlay menâ€Â™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.  An early season showdown was played at the Berry Events Center on Saturday afternoon.  It was also the conference opener for bothteams.  After the final buzzer went off the â€Â˜Cats had won the battle ofpreseason number oneâ€Â™s with a 73-61 decision.  The win snapped a five-game skidagainst the Oilers.  UF was ranked 18th in this weekâ€Â™s NABC DivisionII Coaches Poll. 


NMU won its third straight game and now are 3-3 on theseason and 1-0 in the GLIAC.  UF falls to 4-2 and 0-1 respectively. Ã‚ 


NMU got off to a quick start with a 27-7 run for almost thefirst 10 minutes of the game.  For the half NMU was 16-31 for 51.6 percentwhile the Oilers were struggling with a 6-30 shooting (20 percent).  NMUâ€Â™slargest lead of the half was after Marco Volcy made a lay-up with 7:24 left andthe â€Â˜Cats up 32-7.  UF did not go over 10 points until 4:37 remaining with thescore, 34-11.  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.  The Oilers chipped awayat the lead and were within five at 57-52 with 6:29 left.  A tip-in and twomade free throws by Will Washington gave the â€Â˜Cats a double-digit lead (64-52)with a little more than five minutes left.  The Oilers had the â€Â˜Cats lead downto nine points with about three-and-a-half minutes left.  The â€Â˜Cats ran offfive straight points to put the game away. 


R. Volcy led all scorers with 22 points.  He also addedeight rebounds, four assists and four blocks.  Brother, Marco, had adouble-double with 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.  He chipped in withfive assists, one block and three steals.  Washington had 14 points in the win. Frank Phillips led the Oilers with 14 points. 


NMU ended the game by shooting almost 53 percent from thefloor on 28-53.  The â€Â˜Cats were 5-17 from beyond the line (29.4 percent) and12-16 from the free throw line (75 percent).  NMU had 19 offensive rebounds outof 48 for the game.  The Oilers had 26 boards for the 40 minutes of play. 


NMU hits the road for its next six games.  First up isanother GLIAC contest at Saginaw Valley State on Thursday night (Dec. 8).




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director