HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ Ricky Volcy tied acareer-high with his 20 points against Northern Kentucky University on Saturdaynight, but that was not enough as the home team won the game 73-62.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Catsare still searching for their first win on the season (0-2) as NKU is 2-0.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R.Volcy added a game-high nine rebounds to the stat sheet.
The two teams will meet again in Marquette after Christmason Dec. 28. Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R. Volcy received the NMU Most Outstanding Player Award for thetournament as his brother, Marco, received the John L. Griffin NMU HustleAward.
The first 20 minutes of action saw the lead change hands severaltimes as the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats held a three point lead with 8:33 left at 22-19.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NKU wouldgo into the locker room with a 36-28 lead over the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats at the half.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R. Volcyhad 14 of his 20 points for the game after the first 20 minutes.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt LePageand Randy Alexandre both ended the game with 10 points each.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcy dishedout a team-leading five assists for the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU in the second half had the lead down to eight points onthree occasions, but that was as close as the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats would get on the night.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU was 23-55 from the floor for the night (41.8 percent), 9-23 inthree-pointers (39.1 percent) and 7-10 from the free throw line (70 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The battle of the rebounds was even as both sides had 28 for the night. NKUshot an amazing 60 percent from the floor for the first half and 55.3 percentfor the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are back in action on Sunday, Nov. 28 against Northland College at 3:00 p.m. at the Berry Events Center.