MTU men, women bow out

HOUGHTON – The Michigan Tech men’s and women’s basketball teams bowed out of the GLIAC Tournaments with semifinal losses on Saturday.

The Husky men battled back from a 31-19 halftime deficit to take a late lead before falling to Findlay 54-51 at home.

But MTU had its chances in the final half minute. Senior Ali Haidar, who was named GLIAC men’s Player of the Year for the second straight time on Friday, missed a free throw that would’ve tied the game with 20 seconds left.

After Tech fouled and Findlay missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw situation, the Huskies had another chance to go ahead. But MTU’s Ben Stelzer was called for an offensive charging foul as he found Haidar wide open under the hoop.

Findlay make two ensuing free throws, and Haidar hit the rim but couldn’t sink a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Stelzer led all scorers with 20 points, while Haidar had 17.

Tech’s women lost 81-68 at tourney top seed Ashland after trailing just 41-38 at halftime. Tech fell behind by 14 points in the second half but used an 8-0 run to catch up with about 10 minutes left.

Senior Sam Hoyt led the Huskies with 17 points, while senior Emma Veach had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists and freshman Dani Blake scored 11 points.