GREEN BAY, Wis. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team trying to regroup after last nightÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s drumming by UW-Green Bay played its second game at the Oneida Casino Holiday Classic on Fridayafternoon.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats faced the University of Arkansas-Monticello anddropped their second game in a row 78-69.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the loss the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are now 5-5on the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UAM improves to 6-4.
NMU did have a three-point lead with 7:12 left in the firsthalf.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ricky Volcy made a jumper with a minute and change left in the half togive the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a 35-34 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UAM ended the half with a five-point run and the39-35 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU shot over 51 percent for the first half (15-29) from thefloor.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were only 3-11 in three-pointers and 2-7 from the free throwline.
The second half was all UAM as they never trailed.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ They hada lead as big as 19 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU made a game of it when R. Volcy hit athree-pointer with 1:04 left in the game to cut the lead to 73-69.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But thatwas as close as the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats would get on the night.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU was 27-57 from the floor for the game (47.4 percent) and9-24 in three-pointers (37.5 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the free throw line the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were6-14 for 42.9 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UAM shot 48.1 percent form the floor (26-54) whichincluded 13-22 from the three-point line (59.1 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the charitystripe UAM was 13-17 for 76.5 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UAM had the rebounding advantage forthe game at 36-29.
Marco Volcy led the way for the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats with 17 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He isknocking on the door of 1,000 career points as he currently has 972.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brother,Ricky, with his 13 points tonight went over 1,000 career points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He now has1,005 career points in an NMU uniform.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Will Washington after having acareer-night last night with 25 points had 12 tonight.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nate Newell led UAMwith 37 points.
NMU will jump back into conference play on Monday night(Jan. 2) at Michigan Tech.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
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