Press Box

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team down by eight points at the half (48-40) kept the game close, but in the end dropped a 88-86 decision to MSU-Mankato Saturday afternoon at the American Family Insurance Classic at UM-Duluth.
The Wildcats are now 1-3 on the season while the Mavericks improve to 4-1.
NMU shot 61.5 percent from the floor in the second half (16-26) and 54.4 percent for the game (30-55). Will Washington sank a three-pointer at the 12 minute mark of the second half to give the ‘Cats a 62-61 lead. It was the ‘Cats first lead since four minutes left in the first half.
The game the rest of the way swung from two to three points. After MSUM took a lead Chris Warner made a four-point play at 10:30 left in the game for a 68-66 NMU lead.  With the game tied at 76-all Steve Kaiser made a running lay-up to give the ‘Cats a two-point lead (78-76) with six plus minutes left in the game.
Ricky Volcy drained a three-pointer with under four minutes left in the game and the ‘Cats down by three (83-80) to tie the game. Volcy ended the game with a game-high 31 points. Warner hit from the three-point line to give the ’Cats its final lead of the game at 86-85 with a couple seconds under three minutes left in the game.
MSUM took the lead on a three-pointer by Luke Anderson with 2:28 left on the clock (88-86). NMU had several goods looks at the basket, but could not convert.
Jake Suardini ended the game with 17 points as Washington added 14. Suardini and Volcy each had six rebounds. Tony Thomason and Anderson each had 19 points to pace MSUM. The Mavericks had one more rebound than the ‘Cats for the game (28-27).
For the game, NMU was 11-24 from three-point land (45.8 percent) and 15-18 from the line (83.3 percent). Volcy also added six assists and three blocks to the stat sheet.
NMU will play its first home and conference game of the season on Wednesday night (Nov. 29) against Michigan Tech.
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Prepared By
David Faiella
Sports Information Director