ERIE, Pa. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team was taken to the end for the second time on its Erie swing.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Saturday afternoon the Wildcats held on against Gannon University 64-62.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are now 13-9 overall and 9-4 in the Great LakesIntercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GU falls to 10-12 and 4-8respectively.
The first half was close as neither team held a lead largerthan four points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats tied the game at 13 when Ricky Volcy made a lay-upat 10:23.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU would also tie the game at 17 and 23 but never took the leadafter any of the ties.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home team held a 25-23 lead after the first half ofplay.
David Noel gave the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a 26-25 lead minutes into thesecond half when he connected from beyond the three-point line.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ When R. Volcymade a lay-up with 17:03 left in the game the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats at that point had theirbiggest lead of the game at 31-25.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The lead would not last that long as GUtook over once again at 34-32 at 14:35.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Will Washington sank a three-pointer alittle over a minute later to give the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a 38-36 lead, but the GoldenKnights tied the game at 38 about a minute later.
NMU took over the lead for good at 48-46 when Nick Buck hita three-pointer at 8:17.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Golden Knights had the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats lead down to twopoints six times the remainder of the game, but could not get any closer.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WhenR. Volcy made one of his two free throws with six seconds left in the game theÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were holding onto a 64-59 lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GU hit a three-pointer with threeseconds showing on the clock for the final score.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
R. Volcy led all scorers with 24 points as he also chippedin with five rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Washington had 12 points for the afternoon to go alongwith his eight rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marco Volcy led the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats on the boards with ninerebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Aurimas Truskauskas led the Golden Knights with a double-double of18 points and 16 rebounds.
NMU ended the game with a 22-52 slate from the floor, for42.3 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 8-19 from the three-point line which was 42.1 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the free throw line NMU was 12-18 for 66.7 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats had onemore rebound than the home team 39-38.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are home next week as they will face Lake Superior State on Thursday (Feb. 9) and Ferris State on Saturday (Feb. 11).