The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team finished regular season play on Saturday (March 2) finishing at number one in the GLIAC standings, the first time for the Huskies since 2003. It was a three-way tie for the title with Findlay and Wayne State. Wayne State is the top seed and Tech is the number two seed. On Wednesday (March 6) the Huskies will begin the tournament, hosting number seven Northwood at 5:30 p.m. at the SDC gym.
On Saturday (March 2) Northern Michigan University travelled to Houghton to play the Huskies. The Wildcats were beaten 72-48 for a Husky win. The Wildcats never had the lead, Michigan Tech played strong defensively and offensively to make sure they stayed ahead. This was Northern’s final game of the season, ending with a 4-18 conference record, placing them last in the North Division. They will not continue to the tournament.
Senior TJ Cameron was the high scorer for the Wildcats sinking 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Cameron made both of his two free throws. Junior Matthew Craggs had 12 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Quinten Calloway had four assists. Northern shot 43.9 percent from the floor and 62.5% from the free throw line.
Every Michigan Tech player got to play in the final game of the regular season, having a 19-3 advantage with points off the bench. Senior Ali Haidar had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Huskies to victory. Junior Austin Armga had 15 points, nine of them from 3-pointers. Senior T.J. Brown had six of the teams 21 assists. Freshman Kyle Stankowski had five rebounds of a total 27 rebounds for the Huskies.
In the first half Tech was shooting at 75 percent, missing just three shots. The Huskies led 36-28 at the end of the half. In the second half their shooting dropped to 56 percent, but where the offense lacked, the defense picked up the slack. In the last 20 minutes of the game Northern was shooting at 37 percent. The Huskies finished with a 32-14 advantage in the paint.
The Huskies will be working hard in preparation for Wednesday’s game against Northwood. Being the number two seed puts the Huskies in good position to succeed if they continue to play the way they have been.