Wildcats Turn It On In The Second Half
MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team might have started out slow against the Lake SuperiorState University Lakers on Thursday night at the Berry Events Center.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But NMU turned it on in the second half to win their seventh game in the past eightwith a 91-69 count against the Lakers.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats are now 14-9 overall and10-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheLakers fall to 3-20 and 1-14 respectively.
The Lakers raced out to a quick 9-0 just minutes into thegame.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LSSU enjoyed a 10-point lead at 16-6 a little more than five minutesinto the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ricky Volcy connected on a three-pointer with 5:29 left in thehalf to give the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats their first lead of the game at 27-25.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers cutthe lead to two points at 29-27 before the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats went on a 6-0 run right beforethe half for an eight-point lead with less than two minutes left.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU held a37-32 lead at the intermission.
The first couple minutes of the second half the Lakers keptit close, but the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats went on a 16-2 run in a little over three minutes totake control of the game at 66-46 with a little over 12 minutes left in thegame.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats largest lead of the game was when Chris Warner tipped the ballin at 1:49 to make the score 91-62.
R. Volcy led all scorers with 20 points as he also addedeight rebounds and four assists.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brother, Marco, enjoyed pouring in 19 pointsto go along with his five rebounds and four assists.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Two other Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were indouble-digits as Washington and Warner, off the bench, both had 12 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mark Morse led LSSU with 16 points.
NMU shot over 57 percent form the floor for the 40 minutes.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 37-64 for 57.8 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the three-point line NMU was 9-22for 40.9 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 8-13 from the charity stripe for 61.5 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With14 offensive rebounds the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats ended up with a 43-27 advantage off the glass.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats will be part of a tripleheader at the Berry Events Center on Saturday (Feb. 11) for their next action.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ First up will be thewomenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball game against Ferris State at 11 a.m. then the menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s game atapproximately 1 p.m. which will be followed by a hockey game at 7:35 p.m.