Monroe scores 50 in Tech’s loss to SVSU

UNIVERSITY CENTER — Despite Kyle Monroe’s 50 points — a GLIAC regular-season record — Michigan Tech lost 105-94 in double overtime at Saginaw Valley State Thursday.

“It was a terribly disappointing loss tonight for our team,” coach Kevin Luke said. “Their offense got clicking in the second half and we weren’t able to execute our systems either offensively or defensively. Our guys logged a lot of minutes tonight so we’ll look to get some rest and try and bounce back Saturday at Northwood.”

The Huskies were up by 18 points with 11:44 to play in the first half when sophomore Ryan Schuller grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a putback to make it 26-8. The Cardinals chipped eight points off the deficit in the final minutes of the half. Mike Wells Jr. brought SVSU to within single digits at 45-37 on a jumper with 39 seconds to go until the break. He would go on to score 44 points. Monroe scored the final two points of the half for Tech on a layup to push Tech’s lead back to 10 points at 47-37 going into the locker room.

The Huskies were unable to pull away in the second half as the Cardinals quietly trimmed points off the deficit. SVSU eventually moved in front 61-60 on a James Toohey 3-pointer with 10:34 to go. Both offenses were nearly unstoppable for the remainder of the second half and through the first overtime with the lead changing hands seven times during the stretch.

Neither side produced a lead greater than three points in the first overtime period as the Huskies and Cardinals eventually matched each other point for point, leaving the score deadlocked at 91 going into the final overtime. SVSU recorded the first eight points to begin the second overtime, and the Huskies were unable to recover.

Monroe led all scorers with 50 points and 11 rebounds. Monroe made 15 field goals including seven 3-pointers. Bryan Heath followed Monroe with 18 points and three rebounds while Schuller matched a career-high with nine points and three boards.

The Huskies were 31 of 59 from the field (52.5 percent), 13 for 30 from 3-point range (43.3 percent) and 19 of 29 at the free throw line (65.5 percent).

Wells Jr. had 44 points as he matched Monroe in both total field goals made (15) and 3-pointers (7) for SVSU. The Cardinals took 70 shots and made 39 of them (55.7 percent), knocked down 15 of 30 looks from 3-point range (50.0 percent), and were 12 of 20 at the free throw line (60.0 percent).

The Huskies travel up the road on Saturday to face Northwood in a GLIAC showdown to wrap up the weekend. The tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.