MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ All 12 players whoput on a Wildcat uniform on Friday night saw action against the NorthlandBaptist Pioneers.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The three leading scorers for NMU all came off the bench asthe Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats won 87-61 in a non-conference game. Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win NMU improves to 3-5on the season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Northland Baptist is now 2-7 on the campaign.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dean Ellis withthe win moves closer to 300 wins in his career at NMU.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ellis currently has 295wins at NMU.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Glenn Brown is the NMU career leader with 300 wins.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Nick Buck and Matt LePage both had 12 points and sixrebounds in the win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maikel-Bastiaan Post had his biggest night in his NMUcareer with 11 points and five rebounds.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Drew Scott from Northland Baptist wasthe game-high scorer with 18 points.
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats held a 17-10 lead with about eight minutes gone inthe first half, but then went on a tear with a 13-2 run over a five minute spanto take control of the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU ended the first 20 minutes of play with a 14point lead (46-32).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats shot over 46 percent in the first half from thefloor and connected on four of their 13 three-point attempts.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU went to thefree throw line 19 times in the first half and converted 12 throws.
With a little less than five minutes left in the game theÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats held their biggest lead at 80-50 when LePage converted two free throws.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ For the game the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats shot 49.2 percent from the floor (31-63) and were 9-23from the arc (39.1 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the free throw line NMU was 16-26 for 61.5percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The battle of the boards was won by the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats with a 51-31advantage.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 17 offensive rebounds on the night.
The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats are back in action in less than 24 hours as theyface St. Norbert on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 18) at 3:00 p.m. at the BerryEvents Center.
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