MIDLAND, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team jumped out to a quick 10-5 lead a little over 10minutes into the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats could not hold the lead and dropped a58-50 game to the Northwood University Timberwolves on Saturday night.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are still looking for their first GLIAC win and are now 0-2 in theconference and 2-5 overall.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Timberwolves are now 3-4 and 3-1.
A three-pointer by Jake Suardini and a lay-up by Marco Volcygave the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats the 5-0 lead about three minutes into the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had a 12-9lead at the 7:13 mark of the first half, but the Timberwolves tied the gamewith a three-pointer at 6:47.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcy would tie the game at 14-all with alittle over six minutes left, but the home team would end the half with a 9-1run.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NU held the halftime lead at 23-15.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The second half was all Timberwolves as the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats had theirlead down to two points on four different occasions.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But each time NU wouldanswer to extend the lead.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the home team up by five points with 11:07left in the game, Ladi Kabat hit a three-pointer to narrow the gap to 36-34.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ That would be the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats final chance to narrow the lead for the win.
The Volcy brothers led the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats on the night in the scoringcolumn with 15 (Marco) and 12 (Ricky) points respectively.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcy had adouble-double as he added a game-high 11 rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ As a team the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were17-50 from the floor for the game (34 percent), 6-22 in three-pointers (27.3percent) and 10-16 from the charity stripe (62.5 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU wasout-rebounded for the game by a 37-33 margin.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The offensive boards were almosteven as the Timberwolves had 13 while the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats grabbed 12.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will have two games next weekend at the Berry Events Center.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats will face Northland Baptist on Friday (Dec. 17) at 6:00p.m.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The next day the squad will face St. Norbert at 3:00 p.m.