Saturday, Nov 26 • 4 p.m. (ET) • Monday, Nov 28 • 7 p.m. (ET)
Michigan Tech (1-3) at Minnesota Duluth (0-3) and Concordia St. Paul (2-3)
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WEEKEND IN REVIEW
Michigan Tech welcomed two very good teams into the SDC Gymnasium this past weekend to kickoff the 2016-17 home schedule. The Huskies battled back from a 17-point first half deficit and nearly slipped past Southwest Minnesota State with a strong final 20 minutes. Unfortunately, SMSU held on for a 73-69 victory. In Saturday's battle, the Huskies went toe to toe with Minnesota St. Moorhead, but fell 90-82. It was a well played game by both teams with each side connecting on over 50% of their shots from the field. Minnesota St.-Moorhead happened to hit a couple of big shots down the stretch to keep Tech at bay.
NEW CAREER BESTS
Three Michigan Tech players had new or tied career highs during games over this past weekend. Senior guard Jordan Chartier matched a career high with 23 points against Minnesota State Moorhead Saturday night and also equaled a career high by sinking six three pointers. Freshman guard Tommy Lucca posted a season high 27 points and dished out five assists against Minnesota State Moorhead as well. Lucca is currently second on the team in scoring at 20.8 points per game. Junior forward A.J. Grazulis turned in one of the best games of his career in Friday night's game against Southwest Minnesota State. Grazulis dropped in 13 points and hauled down eight rebounds for the Huskies.
DESTRIBUTING THE WEALTH
Michigan Tech had five different players score in double figures this past weekend. Lucca, Chartier, Grazulis, junior Dillon Gordon, and sophomore Bryan Heath all put double digit point totals in the stat sheet. Lucca had 25 points against Southwest Minnesota State and followed it up with 27 points the next night versus Minnesota State Moorhead. Heath had 17 points the first night against SMSU and matched his point output against MInnesota State Moorhead on Saturday. Heath comes into the weekend leading the Huskies in scoring with a 21.3 points per game scoring average. Chartier had a season high 23 points against Minnesota State Moorhead and Gordon dropped in a season best 13 points in Saturday's game as well.
GLIAC PRESEASON POLL
Michigan Tech was picked fourth in the North Division in the 2016 GLIAC Preseason Poll. Saginaw Valley State was selected to the top spot with 49 points and seven first place votes. Ferris State was second in the North Division followed by Lake Superior State at number three.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
The University of Minnesota Duluth is still looking for their first win of the season going into the weekend. The Bulldogs fell to Northern Michigan 71-65 on Tuesday night. UMD's other setbacks were close as well, falling to Central Missouri 68-65 and Lindenwood 78-72 earlier in the season. The Bulldogs are led in scoring by Cody Tomlinson and Luke Harris who are each averaging nine points per game. Brandon Myer has a team best four rebounds per game and is averging eight points per contest. UMD leads the all-time series with Tech 32-29 going into the weekend. The Huskies fell 74-68 to the Bulldogs last year at home.
Concordia St. Paul enters the weekend with an overall record of 2-3. The Golden Bears have won two straight games, posting a 70-58 win over Bemidji State on Thursday Nov. 17 and a 92-81 triumph over Augsburg on Tuesday. Concordia St. Paul has four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Diallo Powell with 15.8 points per game. Bryndan Matthews is contributing 15.6 points per contest, Matt Ambriz holds a 12.5 ppg scoring average, and Ted Brown chips in 10.3 points per game. Matthews is also the top rebounder on the club thanks to 8.4 boards per contest.
Kevin Luke, the winningest coach in Michigan Tech basketball history begins his 23rd season leading the Huskies in 2016-17. He has earned a plethora of accolades since his appointment as the program's 11th head coach in May of 1994. Luke has guided the Huskies to five Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, earned eight NCAA Tournament berths and won his 300th game in a 74-72 victory over Grand Valley State on March 2, 2011.
Tech will return home to host Walsh University in the GLIAC opener Saturday December 3rd followed by a road trip to Ohio to play Lake Erie on December 8th and Ohio Dominican December 10th.