MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team cruised to its third victory in a row on Sundayafternoon against the Hillsdale College Chargers.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats enjoyed a14-point lead at the half and won the game by a 76-54 count.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win theÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are now 10-8 overall on the season and 6-3 in the Great LakesIntercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Chargers fall to 8-10 and 4-5respectively.
When David Noel made a basket at the 8:23 mark of the firsthalf NMU enjoyed a 16-point lead at 28-12. In a blink of an eye the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats builta 23-point cushion at 35-12 when Keder Hyppolite converted a lay-up with 5:09left in the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had a 39-25 lead after the first 20 minutes of play.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ HCshot 27.8 percent from the floor for the first half (10-36).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ricky Volcy had13 of his game-high 17 points in the first half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
R. Volcy and David Noel made back-to-back lay-ups to beginthe second half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Chargers got as close as 12 points in the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUresponded with an 8-0 run on five made free throws and a three-pointer.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Withabout two minutes left in the game the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats held a 72-52 lead and closed outthe half with lay-ups by Nick Buck and Will Washington for the final margin.
R. Volcy added 11 rebounds for his double-double.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He alsohad three assists and three blocks.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Chris Warner off the bench had 16 pointsand seven rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hyppolite also off the bench had 13 points and sixrebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Cory Coe for the Chargers led them with 13 points and five rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU shot 46.9 percent from the floor for the game (30-64).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was a bit cold from the three-point line as they just made sixthree-pointers for the game in 24 attempts (25 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats went to thefree throw line 14 times and made 10 throws (71.4 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Off the glass theÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats had 19 offensive boards out of the 57 total for the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ HC had 32rebounds for the game.
NMU will look to extend its winning ways at home this week.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats host the Timberwolves of Northwood on Thursday (Jan. 26) and Saginaw Valley on Saturday (Jan. 28).Ãƒ‚Ã‚