Press Box


UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University menâ€Â™s basketball team won its fourth straight game on Thursdaynight.  The Wildcats defeated the Cardinals of Saginaw Valley State Universityby a count of 72-70.  With the win the â€Â˜Cats improve to 4-3 overall and 2-0 inthe Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).  SVSU falls to 2-6and 0-4 respectively.


NMU held a nine-point halftime lead at 41-32.  The Cardinalsdid have a lead with 5:29 left in the game at 65-64.  Marco Volcy made a jumperbefore Nick Buck added two free throws for a three-point â€Â˜Cat lead (68-65) witha little over three minutes left in the game.  With about five seconds left inregulation, Buck made one of his two free throws to seal the win for the â€Â˜Cats.


Ricky Volcy led all players with 30 points and added sixrebounds.  Will Washington chipped in with 13 points.  Kevin Thornton came offthe bench to lead SVSU with 14 points.  Marco Volcy had nine rebounds forgame-high honors. 


The home team had a better night shooting than the â€Â˜Cats. SVSU shot 46.3 percent from the floor (25-54) to 43.1 percent for the â€Â˜Cats(25-58).  From the three-point line the Cardinals were shooting at a 42.1percent clip (8-19) to 31.8 percent for NMU (7-22).  From the line, SVSU wasalmost perfect as they missed one throw to end the game at 92.3 percent(12-13).  NMU struggled by making half of its throws (15-30).  NMU lost thebattle of the glass as SVSU had one more rebound on the night (36-35).


The â€Â˜Cats will have a little over a week off before theirnext action.  NMU will travel to St. Norbert for a game on Dec. 17.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director