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Hobson, Huskies edge Wildcats 77-76

Michigan Tech senior Trent Bell dunks against Northern Michigan on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, in Houghton, Mich. (David Archambeau/For the Gazette)

HOUGHTON — Adam Hobson scored a career-high 22 points as Michigan Tech edged Northern Michigan 77-76 on Monday.

The Huskies (5-2, 2-0 GLIAC) held off a late Wildcats barrage of 3-pointers to preserve the win. Tech stayed ahead of NMU’s 3-pointers by making free throws.

“We lost our composure a little bit at the very end but our guys battled the entire game,” Michigan Tech head coach Josh Buettner said. “We cleaned up the glass in the second half and saw some guys come through with clutch shots so I’m very happy with the win.”

The Huskies led by about 10 points for most of the second half. John Kerr brought the Wildcats (3-5, 0-2) within four points after making a 3-pointer with 1:05 left.

Hobson shot 6 of 13 with four rebounds for Tech. Owen White scored 15 points with seven assists and five rebounds. Trent Bell scored 13 points and Eric Carl scored 11.

“It felt great to win against our rivals on our home court,” Hobson said. “I think we did a pretty good job making Northern hit tough shots in the first half. We got into a rhythm defensively and then that eventually carried over and our offense got some momentum and we were able to knock down some shots.”

Kerr had 17 points for the Wildcats. NMU out-rebounded the Huskies by a 35-33 margin. Tre Harvey and Carson Smith scored 15 points and 12 points, respectively, off the bench.

The Huskies led 77-73 when Harvey sunk a shot from just beyond halfcourt at the final buzzer.

Tech shot 49% from the field and 41% on 3-pointers. The Huskies struggled at the free-throw line, making 11 of 17 (65%). Both teams made 10 turnovers.

The Wildcats shot 44% from the field and 46% on 3-pointers. NMU made 9 of 14 (64%) free-throws.

Michigan Tech hosts Lake Superior State at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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