Thurs., Feb. 9 • 7:30 p.m. (ET) vs Wayne St. Sat., Feb. 11 • 2:00 p.m. (ET) vs Saginaw Valley St.
Michigan Tech (13-10, 11-5 GLIAC) vs Wayne St. (12-8, 9-7 GLIAC) and Saginaw Valley St. (14-9, 7-9 GLIAC)
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THREE GAME ROAD TRIP RECAP
Michigan Tech wrapped up the three game road trip this past week and will head home to Houghton for a two-game homestand during Winter Carnival. The Huskies will take on Wayne State Thursday night and entertain Saginaw Valley State on Saturday. Tech secured a 78-61 win at Northwood on Thursday, overpowering the Timberwolves 45-31 in the second half. Sophomore Kyle Monroe paced the Huskies with 28 points Thursday night by connecting on 11 of 18 shots from the field. He was successful on four attempts from behind the arc and led the team with seven rebounds. Tech forced overtime with a late rally at Lake Superior State, but fell 98-84 on Saturday. It was the second overtime game for the Huskies this season, who topped Lewis on the road in extra time 80-75 on November 12th in the 2016-17 opener. Freshman Tommy Lucca powered Tech with a game high 29 points, five rebounds, and seven assists followed by senior Jordan Chartier with 19 points and five assists. Sophomore Bryan Heath and Monroe rounded out the double digit scorers with 15 points apiece while Monroe grabbed a team high 11 rebounds which resulted in his sixth double-double of the 2016-17 campaign.
BIG WEEKEND FOR LUCCA
Lucca turned in strong peformances for the Huskies at Northwood and Lake Superior State this past weekend. He reached 20 or more points in a game for the 10th time this season with 21 points against Northwood and a season and career high 29 points at Lake Superior State. In addition to his point totals, he combined for 11 assists and eight rebounds in the two contests. Lucca is currently second on the team in scoring (17.7 ppg) while pacing the team in assists (4.4 apg).
GLIAC STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Michigan Tech is on top of the GLIAC statistical rankings in four categories going into this week's battle with Wayne State The Huskies turn the ball over only 8.9 times per game, make a league best 10.2 triples per contest, lead the conference in three-point shooting percentage (39.8%), and are the top free throw shooting team in regards to percentage at the charity stripe (81.1%). In addition, Tech is second in the GLIAC rankings in three point shots attempted per game (25.7). Monroe is currently fourth in the conference in scoring with his team leading 20.3 points per game average while Chartier is second in the GLIAC in three-point percentage (46.0%).
This weekend MTU basketball will be a part of the annual Winter Carnival festivities. Organized by Blue Key National Honor Society since 1934, Winter Carnival started in 1922 and has grown to become one of the largest annual winter festivals in the nation. Featuring dozens of huge, intricate snow statues all around campus and the community, this event also brings together students to participate in broomball, comedy skits, sleigh rides, a queen coronation, and lots of winter fun. For more information, visit www.mtu.edu/carnival/.
Michigan Tech will honor six seniors on Saturday afternoon prior to the SVSU contest. Guard Jordan Chartier, guard Jeff Gregory, forward Jason Hawke, forward Mike Fisher, forward Nic Stoll, and center James Weznesky will be recognized for their contributions to the program during their careers at Tech.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Thursday's game with Wayne State will be the second meeting of the season between the Huskies and Wayne State. Tech slipped past the Warriors on the road 63-58 back on January 12th behind 17 points from Lucca and some key second half baskets by multiple players. That victory ushered in a five game winning streak for Tech which culminated with a 72-64 win at home over Grand Valley State. Wayne State enters Thursday's game with an overall record of 12-8 and 9-7 in the GLIAC. Their defense is ranked second in the conference, allowing just 67.1 ppg. The Warriors are powered by junior Ronald Booth who pours in 14.9 ppg while senior Michael Lewis is the top rebounder at 6.9 boards per contest.
Saginaw Valley State is 14-9 overall and 7-9 in the GLIAC heading into this week's contests. The Cardinals have won two of their last three games, including a 64-42 triumph over Grand Valley State this past Saturday. The Huskies topped SVSU 93-72 on the road in the first meeting between the two clubs this season on January 14th. Lucca and Monroe guided MTU with 24 and 20 points respectively that day. The Cardinals are 3rd in the GLIAC in made free throws per game (15.6) and average 78.3 ppg as a team. Senior Garrett Hall drops in a team best 17.8 ppg going into this week.
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 go back on the road next Thursday to Grand Valley State and Ferris State on Saturday.