MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team won its fifth straight game on Saturday afternoon atthe Berry Events Center.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats took care of the Saginaw Valley StateUniversity Cardinals by a score of 69-67.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ All of the wins have been at home.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are now 12-8 overall on the season and 8-3 in the Great LakesIntercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ SVSU is now 6-14 and 1-10respectively.
The first half saw the Cardinals take the early control ofthe game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ About 12 minutes into the game SVSU had a 21-14 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ricky Volcygave the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats the lead with a lay-up at 4:09 and the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats ahead 26-25.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUhad an eight-point lead (33-25) about two minute later when Nick Buck canned athree-pointer.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Cardinals cut the lead at the half to 33-29.
The second 20 minutes of play was tight as the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats held aseven-point lead at 40-33 with three minutes gone in the half when Marco Volcyhad a dunk.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the score tied at 45-all with a little over 11 minutes leftin the game, David Noel made a free throw before M. Volcy made a lay-up to giveNMU the three-point lead (48-45).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The score went back and forth for the next seven minutes.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU held a five-point advantage (65-60) when Buck converted a lay-up with 4:50left in the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R. Volcy gave the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a four-point cushion at 69-65 with2:33 on the clock.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Cardinals converted two free throws to cut the lead totwo (69-67) with a minute and change left.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The finals seconds of the game sawM. Volcy and Noel miss lay-ups.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcy came up with a huge block when herejected Chris JohnstonÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s three-point attempt with six seconds left in thegame.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
R. Volcy led all scorers with a double-double of 21 pointsand 11 rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He also had four assists and three steals.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brother, Marco,had 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks in the win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Buckended the day with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Johnston led SVSU with 14 points.
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats shot almost 47 percent from the floor on 27-58 forthe game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU only made six of 27 three-point attempts (22.2 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Fromthe free throw line the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were at 60 percent (9-15).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rebounds were even onthe day as both sides had 34 total and nine offensive.
NMU will travel to Erie, Pa. this week to take on Mercyhurstand Gannon.
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