MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ Revenge is sweet as the Northern Michigan University menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s basketball team found out on Tuesday night at the Berry Events Center.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats were facing Northern Kentucky University for the secondtime this season.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The two teams met the second game of the season at Highland Heights, Ky. as the home team won that game 73-62.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tonight the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats held NKU to36.4 percent shooting from the floor (20-55) for the game and cruised to a69-58 win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU and NKU are now both 5-5 on the season.
The first half was all NMU as the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats held the Norse to19.2 percent shooting from the floor for the first 20 minutes of the game(5-26).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NKU was 1-13 in three-pointers in the first half (7.7 percent).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUheld a 15-point lead at the half behind Ricky VolcyÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s 13 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU tookcontrol of the game early as they sprinted out of the gate with a 19-8 lead alittle over 10 minutes into the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The second 20 minutes saw the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats extend their lead to45-23, when Randy Alexandre hit a three, with a little over 15 minutes left inthe game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NKU had the lead down to 12 points with six minutes left in thegame, but the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats answered with a lay-up by R. Volcy and a three-pointer byNick Buck.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
R. Volcy led all scorers with 26 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marco Volcy andNick Buck off the bench both had 10 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Volcy brothers both had ninerebounds each for the game.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ R. Volcy added three assists and three steals inthe win.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Alexandre dished out a game-high four assists.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
For the game the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats shot 45.9 percent from the floor(28-61) and 25 percent from the three-point line (6-24).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ From the free throwline NMU was 7-16 for 43.8 percent.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On the boards the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats out-rebounded theNorse 44-36.
NMU will have a final non-conference tune-up before jumpingback into GLIAC play when they travel to St. Cloud to take on the Huskies onThursday night (Dec. 30).