Fri, 30 Nov 2012 05:02:15 GMT — Sophomore Phil Romback recorded his first career double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds) to lead the Michigan Tech men's basketball team to a 71-58 win at Malone to open GLIAC play Thursday (Nov. 29)."We challenged Phil, and he has really stepped up," said head coach Kevin Luke. "To come out and score a double-double on the road in league play is a good night's work."The Huskies slowly built a lead over the first half that culminated at 10 points, 29-19, by halftime. The Tech lead would grow to as many as 22 points in second half, but full court pressure from Malone caused numerous Tech turnovers. Tech, who shot 68-percent in the second half, out-scored Malone 42-39 over the final 20 minutes for the 13 point win.Ali Haidar scored a team-high 22 points and junior Austin Armga added 15. FreshmanLuke Heller, who was celebrating his 19th birthday, finished with four points for the first points of his career.Isiah Elliott scored a game-high 24 points for the Pioneers.The Huskies (3-1, 1-0) struggled from the free throw line shooting just 60-percent (15-25), but finished with a 36-30 lead in rebounds.Tech will play at Walsh Saturday (Dec. 1).
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