MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team just keeps rolling along.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Wildcats won theirthird game in a row and eighth of their past nine with a 92-82 win over thevisiting Ferris State University Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at the BerryEvents Center.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is currently 15-9 overall and 11-4 in the Great LakesIntercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs fall to 15-9 and12-3 respectively.
FSU scored the first basket of the game before the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats ranoff 15 straight points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats with the 15-2 lead at the 15:40 mark thenextended its lead 17-4 when Marco Volcy made a lay-up about a minute later.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ FSUhad the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats to within three at 21-18 before the Volcy brothers madeback-to-back baskets to turn back the threat.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU held an 11-point lead at thehalf (44-33).
FSU cut the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats lead to five points at 50-45 with a littleover 16 minutes left in the game, but the home team answered.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU went on an 8-2run to bring the lead back up to 13 points at 58-45 with 15 minutes left in thegame.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ricky Volcy made two free throws with five minutes left in the game togive the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats a 19-point lead (82-63).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs tried to make a laterush, but the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats held them off.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ David Noel made a key basket with about twominutes left on the clock.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU shot over 57 percent in both halves.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were18-31 in the first half for 58.1 percent then shot 15-26 in the second half for57.7 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the game NMU was 33-57 for 57.9 percent from the floor.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 10-21 from the three-point line for 47.6 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the freethrow line NMU was 16-23 for 69.6 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had four more rebounds than theBulldogs at 36-32.
R. Volcy tied a career-high with 33 points he added 11rebounds for a double-double and just missed a triple-double as he had nineassists. He also added three blocks and three steals in the win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brother,Marco, had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He added threesteals and three blocks for the afternoon.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Three other Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were indouble-digits in the scoring column as Will Washington added 15 points, NickBuck 14 and Noel 10.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dennis Springs and Antwuan Holt both had 17 points on theafternoon.
NMU will hit the road this week for their final two roadgames of the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are at Northwood on Saturday (Feb18) then willtravel into Ohio and face Ashland on Monday night (Feb. 20).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s final homegame is against Michigan Tech on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.