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March 1, 2008

HOUGHTON - Lake Superior State, playing its second men's basketball game at Michigan Tech in six days, defeated the Huskies 87-73 Saturday during the quarterfinal round of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Lakers, who started the 2007-08 season with seven straight losses, now have a five-game winning streak going into their first GLIAC semifinal appearance since they won the tournament in 1996. LSSU (12-15) heads to Grand Valley State and is expected to play second-ranked GVSU in the semifinals on Friday, March 7.

Junior Tim VanOudheusden scored a career-high 29 points to lead six LSSU players in double figures. Garrett Konuszewski scored 14 points, followed by Scott Perkins with 12, Ryan Kuhl and Mike Rader with 11 each, and Mark Morse with 10.

Key factors in the game included Rader's play when coming off the bench in the first half and VanOudheusden's domination in the second half. LSSU also controlled the boards, 32-25.

Lake Superior State started off cold, going 1-for-9 from the field, committing four turnovers and falling behind 11-4. Konuszewski hit a three-pointer at 11:39 of the first half to break MTU's momentum and start an 8-0 LSSU run. By the 8:50 mark, Perkins' put-back gave the Lakers a 12-11 lead. LSSU went on to lead 32-26 at halftime.

LSSU, which had struggled so much at the beginning of the first half, stormed to a 40-29 lead thanks to an 8-3 run at the beginning of the second half. VanOudheusden canned a three-pointer for his 14th point and a 46-33 Laker lead.

Michigan Tech (13-14) hit a three-pointer and made three free throws after a Laker turnover, and cut it to 56-48 with 11:20 to go. VanOudheusden answered on alley-oop pass from Morse. Lake State regained its double-figure lead and maintained it the rest of the game.

LSSU had six players in double figures with 4:33 to go. The Lakers shot 59.2 percent from the field, including 70.8 percent in the second half. They were 10-of-20 from three-point range and 19-of-25 at the free-throw line.

Robby Springborn scored 30 points to lead Michigan Tech, which shot 39.6 percent from the field, including 10-of-27 from three-point range. The Huskies made 21-of-24 free throws.