Monroe scores 41, Tech men defeat Davenport

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Michigan Tech (9-9, 6-5 GLIAC) held off Davenport (9-10, 3-8 GLIAC) for a 71-64 GLIAC victory on Thursday afternoon in Sault Ste. Marie. The Huskies maintained the lead for nearly 38 of the 40 minutes, but the Panthers remained within striking distance all the way to the end.

“When we executed our offense and defense today we looked like a good team and were able to create some separation,” Michigan Tech coach Kevin Luke said. “When went up by 16 points in the second half. That’s where we needed to put the pedal to the metal and continue to pull away. We got a little bit out of rhythm and didn’t execute well which helped them to get back in it.”

Junior Kyle Monroe scored a career-high 41 points. Monroe knocked down 13 of 23 shots from the field and 9 of 11 attempts at the free throw line. In addition to his scoring, Monroe grabbed eight rebounds.

“Kyle [Monroe] had a big game for us which was key, and I thought we played a pretty solid game defensively, limiting them to 64 points,” Luke said. “Our zone defense was really good today and helped us create some turnovers which led to points. We’ve been working on it a little bit more because I think we need it as a weapon going into the second half of the GLIAC schedule.”

The Huskies return home on Sunday to face rival Northern Michigan at the SDC to begin the second half of the GLIAC schedule. The Wildcats won the first meeting of the season on Dec. 17 in Marquette 77-65. The tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.