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GLIAC at a glance: Men’s basketball

Senior guard Keith MacKenzie has stepped it up a notch of late, with clutch 3-pointers and plenty of fine assists to open teammates.

Senior guard Keith MacKenzie has stepped it up a notch of late, with clutch 3-pointers and plenty of fine assists to open teammates.

By RJ Walters / Daily News Sports Editor

As published in the Hillsdale Daily News on Feb. 12, 2009

A brief look at GLIAC basketball on the men’s side with three weeks remaining in the regular season.

Hillsdale men: (11-9 overall, 9-7 GLIAC)
Following a huge win over Grand Valley Saturday, the Chargers’ first since January 2004, the men are now in sole possession of second place in the GLIAC South and tied for fourth overall with Ferris State. Strong play from guards Tyler Gerber and Keith MacKenzie combined with Tony Gugino’s best outing of the season Saturday is cause for celebration.

The rest of the GLIAC:

Ashland (9-11, 7-9)
• Lost to Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan last week
• Have lost five straight home games
• Scored 90 or more points in first four games of season; have done so just once since then
• Sophomore Kale Richardson leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 54.4 percent

Ferris State (11-10, 9-7)
• Lost to Hillsdale and No. 1 ranked Findlay last week
• Sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan tallied 37 points and 12 rebounds in those two games
• Keenan leads the GLIAC in scoring at 20.6 ppg

Findlay (20-0, 16-0)
• The No. 1 Oilers beat Grand Valley and Ferris State last week
• The wins give the Oilers 20 on the season, the 18th time in 24 years that head coach Ron Niekamp has reached the 20-victory plateau
• The two home wins extended their home winning streak in the regular season to 68 games
• Senior forward Josh Bostic is averaging 18.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 steals per game

Grand Valley (15-6, 10-6)
• Lost to No. 1 Findlay and Hillsdale last week, snapping a six-game winning streak
• Senior guard Pete Trammell became the 30th member of GVSU’s 1,000-point club with his first two points against Findlay
• The 86 points allowed against Hillsdale was the highest point total allowed by GVSU this season.

Lake Superior State (15-6, 12-4)
• Beat Wayne State and Northwood last week
• With Saturday’s win at Wayne State, Lake Superior State clinched its first winning season since going 17-11 in 2001-02
• The Lakers cracked the top 10 in the NCAA Midwest Region Poll last week at ninth
• LSSU is ranked second NCAA Division II in fewest turnovers per game (11.4)

Michigan Tech (11-10, 8-8)
• Beat Tiffin and Ashland last week
• Guard Robby Springborn posted a season-high 25 points in Tech’s 63-46 win at Tiffin and totaled 42 points in two games on the week.
• The Huskies have a better winning percentage on the road (5-4) than at home on the year (6-6).

Northern Michigan (11-10, 6-10)
• Beat Ashland and Tiffin last week to snap a seven-game losing skid
• Tyler Kazmierkoski was named North Division player of the week, scoring 46 points in their two wins
• Raymont McElroy poured in a career-high 20 points against Tiffin as he hit a career-high six 3-pointers

Northwood (11-10, 7-9)
• Lost to Lake Superior State and beat Saginaw Valley State last week
• Lionel Sullivan led the way for Northwood last week, averaging 16.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game • The 49 points scored in their victory over SVSU is the fewest for the Timberwolves in a win in program history

Saginaw Valley State (5-15, 5-11)
• Lost to Wayne State and Tiffin last week
• Avery Stephenson scored 17 of SVSU’s 23 first-half points in the game against Northwood and finished with a game-high 22

Tiffin (2-19, 1-15)
• Lost to Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech last week
• Alex Strok was the lone Dragons player in double figures for the week, averaging 14 points per game

Wayne State (8-12, 6-10)
• Lost to Lake Superior State and beat Saginaw Vally last week
• Senior Shane Lawal had two double-doubles last week increasing his season total to eight
• Sophomore Bryan Smothers scored 37 points last week on 11-of-24 shooting including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc


About rjwalters

I am what you think I am — a journalist. Actually when I was hired at my current job, which by the way is Sports Editor of the Hillsdale Daily News in Hillsdale, Mich., I applied for a position titled "Wordsmith", so at my best I'll call myself a writer attempting to be a wordsmith extraordinaire.


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