DULUTH, Minn. – Ricky Volcy picked a good time to get out of his little slump as he recorded a double-double of 10 rebounds and a game-high 32 points as the Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team won its first game of the season.
NMU defeated the host school, the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, at the American Family Insurance Classic Friday night 80-77. The game was tied at 33-all after the first 20 minutes of play when Will Washington sank a three-point with three ticks left before the half.
The ‘Cats are now 1-2 on the season while the Bulldogs suffered its first defeat (4-1).
Volcy and Washington sank back-to-back three-pointers to open up the second half and a six-point advantage (39-33). UMD took a brief lead at 45-44 about five minutes into the half. Volcy then connected on a lay-up and two free throws to give the ‘Cats a three-point cushion (48-45) and never looked back.
The Bulldogs did cut the lead to one point to 65-64 with a little less than five minutes left in the game. Volcy came through again with another lay-up and three-pointer to put the ‘Cats up by six (70-64) with under four minutes left.
NMU shot better in terms of percentage from the three-point line at 53.8 percent (14-26) than from the floor as a whole. For the game the ‘Cats were 26-54 for 48.1 percent. NMU was 14-20 from the free throw line (70 percent). UMD did have the rebounding advantage by four (34-30).
Three other ‘Cats hit for double-digits. Washington added 17 points as Jake Suardini and off the bench Tyler Kazmierkoski had 10 each. Jordan Nuness led UMD with 23 points.
NMU will face MSU-Mankato on Saturday at the classic.
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