February 10, 2003

Tech Proved Why They Should Be Ranked Number One

 

MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The Michigan Tech Huskies menâ€Ã‚™sbasketball team proved on Monday night why they should be ranked as the topteam in NCAA II.  Entering the game, theHuskies were ranked second in the NABC/Division II Bulletin Top 25 Poll.  The current number one team Tarleton Statelost on Saturday.  All the Huskies didon Monday night was dominate all phases of the game against the Wildcats topick up the 79-59 win.  Tech is now 22-1overall on the season and a perfect 14-0 in the GLIAC.  NMU falls to 12-10 and 8-6.  For the â€Ã‚˜Cats it was their third straightloss.

The Huskies controlled the whole game as they had the leadthe entire 40 minutes of play.  Theirfirst shot of the game for Tech was a made three-pointer.  From there they sprinted to an 8-2 lead withalmost three minutes gone in the game. Tech had a 15 point lead at the half. The â€Ã‚˜Cats struggled in the first half as they only shot 34.6 percent fromthe floor (9-26).  The Huskies werecruising in the first half by shooting at a 43.3 percent (13-30) clip. 

The second half was a bit like the first, but the â€Ã‚˜Cats didcut the lead three times to nine points. The only problem was that the Huskies answered each time.  With less than 10 minutes left in the game,the â€Ã‚˜Cats had one final chance to make it a game as they cut the lead to 10points.  Tech answered by making alay-up and a three-pointer. 

For the game the Huskies were 25-50 from the field (50percent) and 9-22 from the three-point line. The â€Ã‚˜Cats shooting did improve a bit in the second half, but still onlyshot 38.5 percent for the game (20-52) and 39.1 percent from the arch(9-23).  From the free throw line theâ€Ã‚˜Cats were 10-16 for 62.5 percent while the Huskies made 87 percent of theirfree throws (20-23).

Both teams had 10 offensive rebounds, but Tech won thebattle with a total of 34 rebounds to the â€Ã‚˜Cats 27.

Billy Hill led the way for the â€Ã‚˜Cats with 20 points.  Antwuan Holt was the only other â€Ã‚˜Cat tocrack the double-digit column as he had 10 points and also five rebounds.  J.T. Luginski led the way for the Huskieswith 22 points.

NMU is back on the road this week as they are at Northwoodon Thursday (Feb. 13) and Lake Superior State University on Saturday (Feb. 15).

 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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