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PREVIEW: The road trip continues in Minnesota



PREVIEW: The road trip continues in Minnesota



MICHIGAN TECH at No. 14 Minnesota Duluth & St. Cloud State
Events Sat 26 Nov | Sun. Nov 27
Times 2 p.m. | 2 p.m. EST
location Duluth, Minnesota | St. Cloud, Minnesota.
radio WMPL-AM 920 | Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ
Video NSIC Network | NSIC network
Live Stats Saturday | Sunday
game notes Remarks
Twitter @MTUMBB
Facebook Facebook.com/michigantechmensbasketball
Tech’s record 2-3, 0-0 GLIAC
UMD’s record 4-1, 1-0 NSIC
SCSU records 1-3, 0-1 NSIC

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech continues its stretch of six straight games away at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in No. 14 Minnesota Duluth followed by St. Cloud State Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Fans can catch the action on AM 920 WMPL on Saturday and Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ on Sunday.

LAST TIME-OUT

  • Turnovers and a lack of offensive punch contributed to Michigan Tech’s 75-57 loss to Missouri St. Louis in No. 24 at the Mark Twain Building Wednesday afternoon.
  • The Tritons evened their scores, accumulating 40 points in the paint to pull away in the second half.
  • Tyler Robarge scored 12 points on 6 of 7 shots with four rebounds in the loss for Tech.
  • “We came out and played really well in the first 19 minutes,” said head coach Josh B├╝ttner. “Mental mistakes at the end of the half threw us back. Then they really accelerated us in the second. We have to keep growing and trust that our attacking team will get results.”
  • Tech has lost two straight games for the first time this season after losing to Maryville 86-77 in the first game of the UMSL tournament.

FOR THE HUSKIES

  • Junior Adam Hobson, leading a young team looking for four-fourth consistency, has been a steady hand on the Husky offense. With a team effort average of 32.6 minutes, Hobson was a preseason All-GLIAC First Team selection. He averages 16.0 points per game and shoots efficiently 50 percent from the field, with 43 percent from long range.
  • Just behind Hobson in the scoring category is a duo of newcomers. Dan Gherezgher has excelled at home, currently averaging 12.2 points on a 40 percent shot rate. Gherezgher’s 27-point breakout performance against McKendree helped the Huskies to a 77-67 win. In five starts he has three double-digit performances.
  • Another standout newcomer whose name pronunciation confuses frequent visiting play-by-play analysts is Marcus Tomashek. Tomashek started the season with 14 points against Lewis University. He made his debut as a guard against McKendree and posted a season-best 19 points in the UMSL tournament against Maryville.
  • Tomashek was hot all afternoon and connected off the ground on 7 of 9. He was also perfect from downtown (4-4). The following day, Tomashek amassed nine points and shot 4-for-9 against the tight defense of national leader Missouri St. Louis. It seems only a matter of time before the talented upstart from Ashwabenon finds consistency at the college level.
  • In high school, he earned 1,682 career points and was twice recognized as an All-State.
  • The Huskies’ two redshirt rookies, Dawson Nordgaard and Nate Abel, have occasionally provided a spark off the bench when called upon to do so.
  • Abel made a mistake and took over an attack at UMSL on Wednesday in the second quarter. Watch as their games evolve with additional experience.

EXPLORING THE #14 BULLDOGS

  • The UMD men’s basketball proved its rank Tuesday night in St. Cloud with a 94-89 win over the Huskies in overtime. It was the second overtime win for UMD this season as they improved to 4-1 on aggregate.
  • Drew Blair was hot in the first half, scoring 22 points, including 4-of-7-from-three, on 7-for-11 shooting. Despite the individual efforts, St. Cloud State led by as much as 14 points before the Bulldogs brought it back to a 10-point lead at halftime.
  • A 13-0 run in the second half helped turn the tide and the teams stayed firmly on the scoreboard and went into overtime. UMD built and held an early lead at OT.
  • UMD shot up 50.8 percent overall.
  • Blair (Redshirt Senior, Guard) was one of NSIC’s best players last year, starting every game. He led his team and finished fifth in the conference with 18.6 points per game. Blair, who is also in charge of defense, posted career highs in steals and rebounds, leading to his First Team All-Conference and NABC All-Region selections.
  • Blair was also instrumental in the Bulldogs’ run to the conference tournament championship game, posting a game-high 29 points in the Bulldogs’ win over Upper Iowa.
  • Blair contributed to the Bulldogs’ first NCAA tournament appearance since 2003, their highest national ranking ever (No. 5) and most single-season wins in over 30 years.
  • Head coach Justin Wienk is entering his fifth season. Last year, the Bulldogs broke a school record for early-season wins with 18 straight wins and rose to 5th in the National Division II rankings.

SCOUTING THE SCSU HUSKIES

  • The Huskies suffered a loss in their second real Test of the season on Tuesday night and were upended in overtime against NSIC rivals Minnesota Duluth.
  • A game earlier, Tommy Chatman and Tony Dahl each had 19 points in a home loss to Minnesota State 86-68.
  • The Huskies hired Quincy Henderson as their head coach for this season after spending the past eight seasons as an assistant head coach at a very successful West Texas A&M program.
  • This year’s squad boasts experience, with two seniors in their fifth year, one senior and four juniors.
  • The Huskies were selected for 13th overall in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
  • In the North Division, the Huskies were selected fifth in a tie with Minot State.

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