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Rotary Reporting (men): Tech 68, Walsh 66
December 4, 2012 - Michael Bleach
HOUGHTON — Trailing by one with less than a minute to play against Walsh Saturday, junior guard Alex Culy drained his fifth three of the game to give Tech a two-point lead. The Huskies gave the lead back after Walsh reserve Jesse Hardin responded with a jumper.
No matter, after a timeout, Ben Stelzer redeemed a 38 percent, four-turnover night with a bucket to put Tech up 68-66. Davonte Beard then scored his eighth point of the night with a shot inside the arc to tie the game with eight seconds to play.
Stelzer's last second shot rimmed out no good.
The Huskies had three chances to put Walsh away in the final minute, and could not close the deal on any one of them.
And with the game headed into overtime, Tech was gassed. They lost 84-75.
"I just felt like it was really going to be tough because there wasn't much wind in our sails. It was like we lost the game three times," Tech coach Kevin Luke told the Mining Gazette in a phone interview. "We were really reeling."
The Huskies got to that point by allowing 6-foot-9 forward Kenny Kornowski to pour in 24 points on 8-of-19 shooting.
While Haidar came through with 20 points and 22 rebounds himself — including six on the offensive end —he struggled to keep up with Kornowski on the defensive end.
"He just let him catch it (deep) every time," Luke said. "He didn't get him off the block at all.
"We will never be a good club until we learn post defense."
In the nine-point loss, Tech missed nine free throws while Walsh went a perfect 20-of-20 from the charity stripe.
"That was a difference," Luke said. "It came down to free throws, post defense and missing our open shots. We had a lot of opportunities to make shots but we didn't."
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