Mon., Jan. 30 • 8:00 p.m. (ET) at Northern Michigan
Michigan Tech (11-9, 9-4 GLIAC) at Northern Michigan (6-12, 4-9 GLIAC)
TV: WLUC TV 6
Radio: WKMJ 93.5 (Kirk McDonnell)
Video Stream: https://eversport.tv/gliac
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HOME STAND COMPLETE
The Huskies closed their longest home stand of the 2016-17 season with a tough loss to Ferris State 77-76 on Saturday at the SDC Wood Gym. Tech trailed by 12 points at halftime, but clawed their way back into the game in the second and came close to pulling out a win in the final minutes. Senior Jordan Chartier poured in a game and career high 28 points to lead the Huskies attack on Saturday afternoon. He was 8 of 14 from the field and 7 of 9 from behind the arc, tying is single game career high for triples. Sophomore Kyle Monroe followed with 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on the way to double-double number four this season. Freshman Tommy Lucca rounded out the double digit scorers for Tech with 10 points and a game high six assists. On Thursday, the Huskies generated a 72-64 win at home against Grand Valley State and it resulted in their first five game winning streak since February of 2015. The Huskies had four players in double figures Thursday night, led by Monroe with a game high 19 points, six rebounds and three steals. Heath tossed in 16 points followed by Lucca with 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Chartier notched 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists while Grazulis just missed double digits with nine points and five rebounds.
CAREER NIGHT FOR CHARTIER
Senior guard Jordan Chartier posted a career high 28 points and matched a career high seven three point field goals against Ferris State on Saturday. It's the second time in three games that he connected seven times from behind the arc. Chartier found the bottom of the net seven times against Lake Superior State on January 21st. Chartier has scored 10 or more points in every game except three this season and is averaging 14.1 points per game. He is on target 45.5% of the time when he shoots from behind the arc, ranking him third in the GLIAC. Chartier also rarely misses from the free throw line where he is converting 88.5% of his attempts this year.
GLIAC STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Michigan Tech continues to lead the GLIAC statistical rankings in four categories going into this week's showdown at rival Northern Michigan. The Huskies turn the ball over only 9.1 times per game, make a league best 10.2 triples per contest, are the top free throw shooting team in regards to percentage at the charity stripe (80.6%), and avergage a conference best 926 fans per game. In addition, Tech is second in the GLIAC rankings in three point shots attempted per game (25.9) and percentage (39.4%). Monroe is currently fourth in the conference in scoring with his team leading 19.4 points per game average while Chartier is third in the GLIAC in three-point percentage (45.5%).
SERIES WITH NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Monday night's game at Northern Michigan will be the 199th meeting in the series which dates back to 1920. The Huskies won the first ever game 29-16 on February 7th, 1920 on the road. Tech has won the last three games and 10 of the last 12 against the Wildcats. The Huskies prevailed in Marquette last year 69-56 and followed it up with an 85-75 win at home in the regular season finale.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Northern Michigan brings an overall record of 6-12 and 4-9 against GLIAC teams into Monday's rivalry game with the Huskies. The Wildcats lost both contests this past week to Ferris State on Thursday 86-80 and Grand Valley State on Saturday 79-56. Northern Michigan can be dangerous behind the arc as they rank third in the GLIAC in triples made per game (9.4). The Wildcats' defense is also tough around the basket as evidenced by a 5.3 blocks per game average which is second best in the GLIAC. NMU is averaging 73.3 points per game and has five players recording double digit point totals per contest. The Wildcats are powered by sophomore guard Naba Echols at 16.7 ppg followed by sophomore guard Isaiah Johnson at 14.8 ppg. Freshman forward Will Carius tosses in 10.6 ppg and is the top rebounder at 6.3 rpg. As a team, the Wildcats allow 80.9 points per game to opposing offenses.
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. He reached the 400 win mark on January 19th with an 83-72 win over Northwood at home.
The Huskies will travel to Northwood on Thursday and Lake Superior State on Saturday.