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Rotary Reporting (men): Tech 75, Ohio Dominican 56
December 14, 2012 - Michael Bleach
HOUGHTON — Ali Haidar got back on track. The defense remained smothering. And the Michigan Tech men's basketball team improved to 4-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 75-56 win over Ohio Dominican Thursday night.
The Huskies opened an 18 point lead in the first 20 minutes and were able to cruise from there. According to head coach Kevin Luke, the victory bore many similarities to Tech's sweep last weekend of upper-tier conference opponents Findlay and Hillsdale.
"It was pretty much the same things as last week," Luke said in a phone interview with the Daily Mining Gazette. "We swung the ball well, played inside out and the guys got into a rhythm again. It was a really nice half to tell you the truth."
After a below-his-standards set of games last week, Haidar found his groove again at the expense of the Panthers, pouring in 31 points with nine rebounds on 12-of-19 shooting in just 26 minutes.
"Once we got to Haidar inside he really went to work," Luke said. "It was nice to get him back on track."
Guard Austin Armga continued his run of good form with 13 points on nine shots and Phil Rombach reached 10 points with a pair of triples and layups.
"We pounded it inside again tonight," Luke said. "That’s what they were giving us and that is what we took."
Dominican leading scorer Morgan Jones was held to nine points on 4-of-13 shooting, as the 5-foot-9 guard struggled against the 6-foot-2 Alex Culy's length.
The Panthers converted 43 percent from the field and were held to 2-of-7 from three.
"Culy did a really good job on Jones," Luke said. "We were giving him help on ball screens and he did a nice job catching back up then. Culy was a little bit taller, so Jones really had to work to get his shots off and I think it affected him."
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