SAULT STE. MARIE – Trailing by 14 points in the second half, Michigan Tech men’s basketball completed their comeback, winning 65-56 over Lake Superior State Saturday afternoon at Ronald Cooper Gymnasium.
With a Ferris State loss, the Huskies tied the Bulldogs in the standings to claim a share of the GLIAC regular season championship.
Michigan Tech head coach Josh Buettner guided the Huskies to a share of the GLIAC regular season championship in his first year.
MTU won 20 games in a season for the ninth time in program history.
The Huskies (20-6, 16-4 GLIAC) will be the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament and will host No. 7 seed Wisconsin Parkside at 7:30 pm Wednesday.
Lake Superior State (16-10, 11-9) nabbed the No. 6 seed in the tournament and will face No. 3 seed Northern Michigan.
After Kyle Clow got in position to receive two Lakers offensive fouls, Eric Carl helped spark the Huskies in the second half and finished with 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting. Adam Hobson was effective with a team-high 15 points and six rebounds. Tech failed to score for more than five minutes to start the game. Trent Bell broke the drought and helped the Huskies pull back within one, 19-18. Malek Adams and the Lakers cushioned their lead before halftime 28-23. LSSU extended the advantage to 14 after the break but the MTU quickly closed to within seven with nine minutes to play.
A stop on defense and back-to-back triples by Hobson and Carl gave the Huskies their first lead of the game 57-54. With a five-point separation into the final two minutes, Tech made enough free throws to close out the regular season with a road victory.
“That was a gutsy comeback in one of the toughest places in the conference to play,” said head coach Josh Buettner. “Eric stepped up with some huge shots late. I’m really proud of our team and excited to see what we can do in the post-season. ”
The Huskies shot 50% overall, including 39% (9 of 23) from long range. Lake Superior State took in 27 rebounds compared to 25 for MTU. Adams finished with a game high 28 points on 11 of 18 shooting for LSSU.
Michigan Tech has won 10 of its last 11 games heading into the playoffs.
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SAULT STE. MARIE – Three players made it to double figures and the Huskies overcame a slow start to defeat Lake Superior State 78-63 Saturday.
The Huskies finished the regular season 17-10, 12-7 GLIAC and will be the No. 4 seed for the conference tournament.
The Huskies host No. 5 seed Northwood at 5:30 pm Wednesday.
Ellie Mackay led the team with 18 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Katelyn Meister posted 17 points and Alex Rondorf pitched in 14. The Huskies trailed 19-12 after one quarter but outscored the Lakers 18-8 in the second and never looked back.
“It was a good way to end the regular season,” said head coach Sam Clayton. “I thought Kate was aggressive for us offensively and it was another game where every player contributed. We shared the ball well and defended hard. ”
The Huskies shot 51.7% from the field, including 13 for 18 from the free throw line. Tech also recorded 29 rebounds, 19 assists, and six turnovers.
Mackenzie Bray led the Lakers with 19 points. Mattison Rayman posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. LSSU shot 42% and went 17 for 22 from the free throw line. Michigan Tech put up 30 points in the fourth quarter.
Lake Superior State (4-20, 3-15 GLIAC) missed the GLIAC tournament with the loss.