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Halftime Thoughts: Tech-Lake Superior State (Men)
February 11, 2012 - Michael Bleach
Your patience has been rewarded!
It took Tech just two possessions to run the secret new wrinkle in their offense I promised to blog about and now I can finally unveil it to the world.
The Play: Freshman guard Ben Stelzer dribbles the ball off the right wing, while sophomore guard Alex Culy starts around the left block. Culy fakes like he is going out to the left wing, before sprinting around a pair of staggered screens for a (hopefully) open 3-point attempt in the right corner.
The Result: A success. Culy got a clean look and drained it, giving Tech a five-point lead after two possessions. Not a bad way to start the game. From Kevin Luke's drawing board to your eyes.
As for the rest of the half, it appears Ali Haidar has broken out of his mini-slump, lighting it up for 19 points (on 7-of-8) shooting to help give Tech a 45-33 halftime lead. Haidar was going so well at one time he attempted the Adam Morrison patented "heat-check" firing up a contested 18-footer just 7 seconds into the shot clock. It didn't go in, but that was the only time he missed in the half.
Luke also came within a forlorn-glance of earning a technical. After a timeout when Lakers coach Steve Hettinga spent most of it imploring the refs to help his boys out, LSSU earned a trip to the free throw line on what Luke thought was a clean block.
Luke exploded from his chair and loudly — and very publicly — asked the official to "please don't let him call it," referring to Hettinga. Calling the official's backbone into question, check.
Just two minutes later, Luke spent an entire defensive possession berating the same official for calling an offensive foul on Phil Romback as the freshman big was battling for position in the post.
One more outburst and it was pretty clear he was getting Teed (T'ed?) up. Luker regained his composure, however, and Tech stretched the lead to 12.
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