Men's Hoops Season Ends in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Michigan Tech men's basketball season came to end with a 76-62 loss at the hands of Drury Sunday (March 17) in the semifinals of the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament. Junior Austin Armga powered the Huskies with 21 points, shooting 6-of-12 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line.
"Compliments to Drury. They played hard," said head coach Kevin Luke. "They are well coached, disciplined, hungry and got it early. Not because we didn't want it, they were just that good. Hat goes off to Drury. They deserve it."
Daktronics Midwest Player of the Year Alex Hall sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers for Drury around a jumper by sophomore Ben Stelzer to open the game. Hall finished with a game-high 23 points.
The Panther's lead grew to nine by four minutes into the contest. Senior Ali Haidar got into foul trouble early for the Huskies picking up his third personal foul with 7:32 remaining in the half.
With Haidar on the bench for the remainder of the half, DU's lead grew to as many as 20. The Panthers took a 41-28 lead at the break.
Tech shot 39-percent (9-23) in the first half, and Drury shot 59-percent (16-27).
The Huskies made several runs in the second half but could not get closer than 10 points.
Tech improved to 43-percent (13-30) from the field in the second half, while holding Drury to 48-percent (12-25) in the second.
Haidar finished with 13 points, shooting 6-of-12 from the field, and grabbed six rebounds in 26 minutes of limited play. Haidar finished his career with 1,940 points, fifth all-time. The Windsor, Ont., native set numerous records for the Huskies including career rebounding (887) and season scoring (711).
Three other players played their final game for the Huskies. Matt Esters grabbed five rebounds and scored five points to finish with 241 points for his career. T.J. Brown scored two points for 189 career points. Anthony Katona drained a 3-pointer near the end of the game to finish with 23 for his career.
Drury held a 19-8 rebounding edge at halftime, but hard work by Tech in the second half evened the final rebounds at 30.
The Huskies finish the season 21-9, their best finish since 2003-04 when the team posted 22 wins.