Press Box


MIDLAND, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan Universitymenâ€Â™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.  With the win the â€Â˜Cats are 16-9overall and 12-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference(GLIAC).  NU falls to 6-18 and 1-14 respectively.


The first half was close as neither team had a lead largerthan five points.  NMU had a five-point lead at 16:15 when David Noel connectedfor a three-pointer (10-5).  With three ties the rest of the half, NMU took thelead when Steve Kaiser and Will Washington made jumpers with less than threeminutes left.  Washingtonâ€Â™s three-pointer gave the â€Â˜Cats the 30-28 lead after20 minutes of play.


The first couple minutes of the second half went back andforth.  NMU made three lay-ups in a row to take a 42-36 lead with 13:54 left inthe game.  The â€Â˜Cats went on a 10-3 run over a three minute span to open up a10-point lead at 52-42.  Ricky Volcy and Washington connected forthree-pointers in the run.  With about two minutes left in the game, theTimberwolves had the lead cut down to two points (57-55).  NMUâ€Â™s final fivepoints came from the free throw line.  Nick Buck made two free throws whileNoel made three. 


NMU shot a little over 43 percent for the game from thefloor.  The â€Â˜Cats were 24-55 for 43.6 percent.  NMU was 6-19 from thethree-point line for 31.6 percent.  From the charity stripe NMU was 8-13 (61.5percent).  The â€Â˜Cats enjoyed a 10-rebound advantage over the Timberwolves(43-33).  NMU committed 16 turnovers for the game.


R. Volcy led the â€Â˜Cats with 18 points and five rebounds. Brother, Marco, had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.  Ten of hisrebounds came on the defensive end.  M. Volcy added four assists and a steal inthe win.  Washington ended the game with 15 points.  Graham Mertz led theTimberwolves with 14 points.


The â€Â˜Cats will continue with their stay on the road as theyare at Ashland on Monday (Feb. 20).


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director