Thurs., Dec. 15 • 7:30 p.m. (ET) vs Hillsdale • Sat. Dec. 17 • 6 p.m. (ET) vs Findlay
Michigan Tech (4-5, 2-1 GLIAC) vs Hillsdale (4-6, 0-4 GLIAC) and Findlay (5-3, 2-2 GLIAC)
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ROAD TRIP RECAP
Michigan Tech wrapped up the first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road trip of the 2016-17 season this past Saturday. The Huskies had mixed results, falling to Lake Erie 77-73 Thursday night followed by a bounce back win at Ohio Dominican 77-56 on Saturday. Freshman Tommy Lucca fired in 24 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out five assists at Lake Erie. Junior A.J. Grazulis notched 12 points and senior Jordan Chartier had 11 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals against Lake Erie. The 56 points allowed on Saturday at ODU was a season low for the Huskies defense. The Panthers are averaging just over 75 points per game as a team so Tech kept them well below their season average. Sophomore Kyle Monroe led the charge with 30 points and nine rebounds followed by sophomore Bryan Heath with 12 points and Chartier with 10 points. Tech led by as many as 30 points and constructed an 18-3 advantage to open the game. The Huskies trailed only once, and that was a 3-2 deficit at the 18:15 mark of the first half.
30 SCORES 30
Monroe's 30 points at Ohio Dominican marked the second time he has scored 30 or more points in a game this season. Monroe fired in a career high 39 points against Walsh the last time the Huskies were at home on December 3rd. Monroe has posted 10 points or more in every game this season except in the season opener against Lewis. Monroe was limited to seven minutes in that game due to an injury. On the season, Monroe is averaging 18.3 points per game to guide the Huskies in scoring, ranking fifth overall in the GLIAC in ppg. He is also the top rebounder for Tech entering the weekend thanks to a 6.5 rpg average.
GLIAC STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Tech has been outstanding at taking care of the basketball this season and enter the weekend ranked first in the GLIAC with fewest turnovers per game (8.6). They lead the conference in three-point baskets made per game (10.7) and are fourth in conversion percentage from behind the arc (39.5%). The Huskies also lead the league in attendance, averaging 1,014 fans per night at home games.
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
Hillsdale comes into the weekend with an overall record of 4-6 and are still looking for the first GLIAC victory of the season. The Chargers have lost five straight games. including four on the conference slate. Hillsdale fell at home to Grand Valley State 75-49 and Ferris State 87-73 last week. Their four wins this season have come against Malone, Ohio Valley, Indianapolis, and Carson-Newman. The Chargers are averaging 71.8 points per game and surrending 70.7 ppg to opponents each time they take the floor. Hillsdale is powered by Stedman Lowry who records 15.1 ppg followed by Ryan Badowski at 12.9 ppg, and Nate Neveau at 11 ppg. The best rebounder on the team so far this season is also Neveau who grabs 4.7 boards off opponents missfires. Thursday's game will be the 61st meeting overall and each team has won 30 of the previous contests. The Huskies and Chargers split a pair of games last season. Prior to the loss, Tech had won five straight.
Findlay boasts a 5-3 overall record and is 2-2 against GLIAC competition going into this week's games. The Oilers will play at Northern Michigan Thursday and will then arrive in Houghton for Saturday's game. Findlay defeated Northwood 91-73 last week, but lost to Lake Superior State 90-85. Ferris State was the other GLIAC win for the Oilers this year. The Oilers are posting 80.9 ppg and like to take a lot of shots. Findlay in third in the GLIAC in field goal attempts per game (63.4) and are third in three-point field goals made per game (10.1). Martyce Kimbrough is the top-point producer for Findlay at 20.1 ppg, placing him fourth in the GLIAC statistical rankings for scoring average. Taren Sullivan adds 17.4 ppg and is the leading rebounder at 6.6 boards per contest. Findlay has the upper hand in the all-time series with Tech, entering Saturday's game 18-10.
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 host Kentucky Wesleyan in a non-conference game on December 31st. The tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.