MIDLAND, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan UniversitymenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team just keeps rolling along as they won their fourth game ina row and ninth of their past 10. NMU downed the Timberwolves of NorthwoodUniversity, 62-55, on Saturday afternoon.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are 16-9overall and 12-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference(GLIAC).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NU falls to 6-18 and 1-14 respectively.
The first half was close as neither team had a lead largerthan five points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had a five-point lead at 16:15 when David Noel connectedfor a three-pointer (10-5).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With three ties the rest of the half, NMU took thelead when Steve Kaiser and Will Washington made jumpers with less than threeminutes left.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WashingtonÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s three-pointer gave the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats the 30-28 lead after20 minutes of play.
The first couple minutes of the second half went back andforth.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU made three lay-ups in a row to take a 42-36 lead with 13:54 left inthe game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats went on a 10-3 run over a three minute span to open up a10-point lead at 52-42.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ricky Volcy and Washington connected forthree-pointers in the run.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With about two minutes left in the game, theTimberwolves had the lead cut down to two points (57-55).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s final fivepoints came from the free throw line.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nick Buck made two free throws whileNoel made three.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU shot a little over 43 percent for the game from thefloor.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were 24-55 for 43.6 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 6-19 from thethree-point line for 31.6 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the charity stripe NMU was 8-13 (61.5percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats enjoyed a 10-rebound advantage over the Timberwolves(43-33).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU committed 16 turnovers for the game.
R. Volcy led the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats with 18 points and five rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brother, Marco, had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ten of hisrebounds came on the defensive end.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcy added four assists and a steal inthe win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Washington ended the game with 15 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Graham Mertz led theTimberwolves with 14 points.
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats will continue with their stay on the road as theyare at Ashland on Monday (Feb. 20).