MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball squad suffered its first conference loss of the season onSaturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats down by sevenpoints (32-25) at the half were even in the second half, but that was notenough as the Lakers of Grand Valley State University downed the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats 78-71.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUis now 7-6 overall on the season and 4-1 in the Great Lakes IntercollegiateAthletic Conference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSU improves to 11-3 and 4-2 respectively.
On Saturday when Marco Volcy scored his fourth point of thegame he joined his brother, Ricky, with 1,000 career points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Volcybrothers are the first brother duo in NMU history to have 1,000 or more careerpoints.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ricky went over 1,000 career points against Arkansas-Monticello onDec. 30.
The Lakers held a 16-8 lead just seven plus minutes into thegame.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats cut the lead to eight points when David Noel hit a jumper with7:47 left in the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With a little more than two minutes left in the half M.Volcy got the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats within six at 28-22.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Steve Kaiser sank a three-point forthe final margin for the half.
NMU had a Ãƒ‚Ã‚ lead when Will Washington made a three-pointerthree minutes into the half to make the score 39-38.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jake Suardini gave theÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats another lead at 44-42 with 15:23 left in the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The two teams tradedbaskets before the Lakers kept the lead for good at 13:16.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSU built adouble-digit lead at 63-52 with less than five minutes left in the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Withless than a minute left R. Volcy hit a three-pointer to cut the Lakers lead to73-62.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R. Volcy sank two more three-pointers towards the end of the game.
NMU for the game was 25-70 from the floor for 35.7 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats did make 12 of its 31 three-point attempts (38.7 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From thecharity stripe NMU was 9-16 for 56.3 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers had a seven-reboundadvantage over the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats (49-42).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Four Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats ended the game in double-digitsin the scoring column.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R. Volcy led the way with 15 points, nine rebounds andtwo blocks.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ David Noel and Washington both had 12.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcy ended the gamewith 10.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jason Jamerson led the way for the Lakers with 22 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ CallistusEziukwu had a double-double for GVSU with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The team is on the road for its next two games.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Thursday(Jan. 12) the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are at Ferris State before facing GVSU again on Saturday(Jan. 14).