Men’s Basketball: Tech unravels Lake Superior State, 102-81

Michigan Tech’s Dawson Bilski, right, shoots against Lake Superior State on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Houghton, Mich. (David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette)

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Huskies men’s basketball team etched another tally in the win column on Thursday night as they defeated U.P. rival Lake Superior State (6-10, 3-5 GLIAC) 102-81.

It was a game in which the Huskies topped the 100-point mark for the third time this season. In December, they did it twice and before that in had been more than nine years. It was also a match up in which the Huskies shot an impressive 75 percent from beyond the three-point arc making 18 of 24 attempts.

The leader of the pack was junior guard Dawson Bilski. He single handily scored the Huskies first 14 points with a combination of jumpers and triples. He would go on to score a career-high 29 points surpassing a previous personal best of 25 points.

“Dawson got us off to a good start,” said MTU head coach Kevin Luke. “He was good at reading screens and getting the open shot. He was hot we needed to take advantage of it.”

Tech (12-4, 6-2 GLIAC) led the whole game and were up by 15 at half time. Their scoring pace did not slow down in the second half as they went up as much as 25 midway through the second. Not only was Bilski hot but so were the other four starters. The Huskies had five players in double figures. They included Kyle Monroe with 16 points and Trent Bell with 19 points. Tommy Lucca added 13 points and Issac Appleby had 11 points.

“I liked how our guys got on board with Dawson,” said Luke. “They mixed things up and our shooting was outstanding tonight.”

The Huskies shot 61 percent overall while the Lakers were 50 percent from the field. Jackson Schrameyer led the scoring for the Lakers with 28 points.

“It must have been the comforts of being at home as our guys were in a rhythm tonight and the shots were falling,” added Luke.

He said as well he likes the extra effort and hustle his team puts in. In short, they want the ball and they want to win.

“We are better this year because we are focused,” he said. “When we are making our shots it gives others the opportunity to score.”

They will need all the focus they can get on Saturday as they will face the Ferris State Bulldogs who are ranked eighth in the national in NCAA Division II basketball. They are 17-2 overall and 6-1 in GLIAC play.

They have four players who are averaging double points per night, led by Walt Kelser with a 19.3 average in points per game. He’s followed by Dorian Aluyi at 11.4 points per game. Aluyi is also the teams best rebounder with 6.9 boards each game.

“Ferris is athletic and deep,” stated Luke. “We are going to have to stop their penetration as that is what they like to do.”

Tip off is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday at the SDC Wood Gym.

Lake Superior State 28 53 — 81

Michigan Tech 43 59 — 102

LAKE SUPERIOR STATE (81): Sherrell 10, Collins 6, Robinson 6, Fischer 12, Okerlund 2, Schrameyer 3, Colvin 28, Allen 7, Few 1, Ley 3, Perry 3. 3-point FG: 9 (Colvin 7, Allen 1, Ley 1) Rebounds: 25. F:16. FT:16-20.

MICHIGAN TECH (102): Monroe 16, Bell 19, Lucca 13, Bilski 29, White 2, Appleby 11, Schuller 1, Carl 9 Powell 2. 3-point FG: 18 (Bell 5, Lucca 3, Bilski 7, Appleby1, Carl 2) Rebounds: 33. F: 16. FT: 12-19.