BIG RAPIDS, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ Both teams in tonightÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s GreatLakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game shot over 50 percentfrom the floor for the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northern Michigan University shot 58 percent on29-50 shooting, while the home team Ferris State University shot a little over52 percent (52.3) on 34-65.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The only thing that really counted was what was onthe scoreboard after 40 minutes of play.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs won the game 88-75.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheWildcats have now dropped two games in a row and stand at 7-7 overall on theseason and 4-2 in the GLIAC.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris improves to 9-6 and 6-0 respectively.
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats began the game with a three-pointer by Nick Buckand a lay-up by Marco Volcy for the early 5-2 lead a little over three minutesinto the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ About a minute later Will Washington sank his own three-pointerwhich kept the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats in the lead at 8-7.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris went on a 12-4 run over thenext five minutes to take the 21-12 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcy converted a three-pointplay at 8:15 of the first half to cut the Bulldog lead to 23-17.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ That would beas close as the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats would get in the half as Ferris held a 42-30 lead at theintermission.
Within the first minute of the second half three-pointerswere exchanged between the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats and the Bulldogs.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris kept a double-digitlead the entire second half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ When M. Volcy made both of his free throws with18:29 left in the game the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were down by 10 at 45-35.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brother, Ricky(Volcy), made a lay-up about a minute later to again have the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats within 10at 47-37.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But that would be it for NMU on the night.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ferris at one point inthe second half had a 21-point lead with about eight minutes left in the game.
Randy Alexandre off the bench led the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats with 14 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcy had 13 points, four rebounds and three assists.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dennis Springs for the Bulldogs had 22 points and 11 assists.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU shot 50 percent from thethree-point line (8-16) and 9-14 from the free throw line (64.3 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Thehome team had the advantage on the boards at 32-28.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU did have 23 turnoverson the night.
NMU will face the Lakers of Grand Valley State Universityfor the second time in a week on Saturday (Jan. 14) in Allendale.