Press Box


ALLENDALE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University menâ€Â™s basketball team only scored 16 points in the first half against Grand Valley State University on Saturday afternoon.  The Lakers had a commanding leadafter 20 minutes of play as they had 42 points on the scoreboard.  GVSUdefeated the â€Â˜Cats for the second time in a week with an 82-51 score.  NMUfalls to 7-8 overall on the season and 4-3 in the Great Lakes IntercollegiateAthletic Conference (GLIAC).  The Lakers are now 13-3 and 6-2 respectively.


At about the halfway point of the first half the Lakers hadbuilt a 14-point lead at 22-8.  NMU had only three players in the scoringcolumn after the first half.  Marco Volcy had nine points, Jake Suardini fiveand Chris Warner two.  As a team the â€Â˜Cats shot 19 percent for the half fromthe floor (4-21) which included one three-pointer in 11 attempts for 9.1percent.  The â€Â˜Cats did make 70 percent of its free throws (7-10).


The â€Â˜Cats shot 46.2 percent in the second half from thefloor (12-26), but it was too little too late as the home team kept adouble-digit lead the entire second half.  Ricky Volcy made a jumper with 12minutes and change left in the game to cut the Lakers lead to18 points at50-32, which was as close as the â€Â˜Cats would get.


Will Washington and M. Volcy both had 11 points to lead theâ€Â˜Cats.  M. Volcy had five rebounds and two blocks.  Washington had threeassists and two steals for the game.  Jason Jamerson and Callistus Eziukwu eachhad 19 points for the Lakers.  Mike Hall had a game-high 12 rebounds.


For the game the â€Â˜Cats shot 34 percent from the floor on16-47, from the three-point line the team was 4-20 for 20 percent.  NMU made 25percent of its free throws for the game (15-25).  GVSU grabbed 46 totalrebounds which included 18 on the offensive end.  NMU had 32 rebounds.  Turnoverswere very costly for the â€Â˜Cats as they committed 22. 


NMU will not have to worry about the road for some time. The â€Â˜Cats will play their next five games at the Berry Events Center.  First up is Minnesota-Duluth on Monday (Jan. 16) at 7:30 p.m.





Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director