ALLENDALE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team only scored 16 points in the first half against Grand Valley State University on Saturday afternoon.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers had a commanding leadafter 20 minutes of play as they had 42 points on the scoreboard.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSUdefeated the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats for the second time in a week with an 82-51 score.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUfalls to 7-8 overall on the season and 4-3 in the Great Lakes IntercollegiateAthletic Conference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had only three players in the scoringcolumn after the first half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marco Volcy had nine points, Jake Suardini fiveand Chris Warner two.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ As a team the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats shot 19 percent for the half fromthe floor (4-21) which included one three-pointer in 11 attempts for 9.1percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats did make 70 percent of its free throws (7-10).
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜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.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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 Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats would get.
Will Washington and M. Volcy both had 11 points to lead theÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcy had five rebounds and two blocks.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Washington had threeassists and two steals for the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jason Jamerson and Callistus Eziukwu eachhad 19 points for the Lakers.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mike Hall had a game-high 12 rebounds.
For the game the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats shot 34 percent from the floor on16-47, from the three-point line the team was 4-20 for 20 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU made 25percent of its free throws for the game (15-25).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GVSU grabbed 46 totalrebounds which included 18 on the offensive end.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 32 rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Turnoverswere very costly for the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats as they committed 22.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will not have to worry about the road for some time.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats will play their next five games at the Berry Events Center.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ First up is Minnesota-Duluth on Monday (Jan. 16) at 7:30 p.m.