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BIG RAPIDS, Mich. â€Â“ Ricky Volcy played 59 minutesagainst Michigan Tech on Saturday afternoon in the four overtime game.  Tonightat Ferris State in the quarterfinals of the Great Lakes IntercollegiateAthletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament he played the entire 40 minutes, butthat was not enough.  He responded with a new career-high 37 points.  He had 36against MTU on Saturday.  R. Volcy added seven rebounds, four assists, sevenblocks and a steal.  FSU used the home court to its advantage with a 73-68win. 


For the second year in a row the Bulldogs ended the Wildcatsseason in the first game of the tournament.  Northern Michigan University saw its season come to an end with an overall record of 17-11 and a 13-5 slate inthe GLIAC.  The Bulldogs move on in the tournament with 17-11 and 13-5 recordsrespectively.


The first six plus minutes of the game there were threeties.  FSU used a 7-0 run to take a 17-10 lead at the 11:01 mark of the half. R. Volcy connected for two free throws and a lay-up to get the â€Â˜Cats within oneat 20-19 with 8:31 left on the clock.  Will Washington gave the â€Â˜Cats a brief21-20 edge about 30 seconds later.  Once again FSU answered with a 9-2 run totake the lead over at 31-24.  The Bulldogs took a 35-26 lead into the lockerrooms.


The second half saw the home team build a double-digit leadbefore the â€Â˜Cats made their move.  FSU held an 11-point lead at 48-37 with14:45 left in the game.  NMU used a 9-0 run over a three minute span to cut thelead to two (48-46) when R. Volcy drove to the rim for a lay-up.  Marco Volcymade a jumper in the paint to tie the game at 52 with 9:13 left.  The home teamwent on a 15-2 run to try to put the game away at 67-54 with a little overthree minutes left in the game. 


The â€Â˜Cats must have had nine lives as they chipped away atthe lead.  With under a minute left in the game R. Volcy made a lay-up to cutthe Bulldogs lead to seven points at 69-62.  The Volcy brothers madeback-to-back lay-ups to cut the lead to four with four ticks left on thescoreboard. Dennis Springs made one of his two free throws for the finalmargin.


M. Volcy was the only other â€Â˜Cat in double-digits in thescoring column as he ended the game with 12 points.  He had a double-double inhis final game in a NMU uniform with 12 rebounds and added five assists.  Springsled FSU with 15 points.


NMU ended the game by shooting 26-54 from the floor for 48.1percent.  The â€Â˜Cats were 7-23 from the three-point line which was 30.4percent.  From the charity stripe the â€Â˜Cats shot 60 percent (9-15).  FSU wonthe glass by five at 34-29.



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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director