UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team won its fourth straight game on Thursdaynight.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats defeated the Cardinals of Saginaw Valley State Universityby a count of 72-70.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats improve to 4-3 overall and 2-0 inthe Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SVSU falls to 2-6and 0-4 respectively.
NMU held a nine-point halftime lead at 41-32.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Cardinalsdid have a lead with 5:29 left in the game at 65-64.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marco Volcy made a jumperbefore Nick Buck added two free throws for a three-point ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat lead (68-65) witha little over three minutes left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With about five seconds left inregulation, Buck made one of his two free throws to seal the win for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.
Ricky Volcy led all players with 30 points and added sixrebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Will Washington chipped in with 13 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kevin Thornton came offthe bench to lead SVSU with 14 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marco Volcy had nine rebounds forgame-high honors.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The home team had a better night shooting than the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SVSU shot 46.3 percent from the floor (25-54) to 43.1 percent for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats(25-58).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the three-point line the Cardinals were shooting at a 42.1percent clip (8-19) to 31.8 percent for NMU (7-22).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the line, SVSU wasalmost perfect as they missed one throw to end the game at 92.3 percent(12-13).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU struggled by making half of its throws (15-30).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU lost thebattle of the glass as SVSU had one more rebound on the night (36-35).
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will have a little over a week off before theirnext action.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU will travel to St. Norbert for a game on Dec. 17.