The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team swept its weekend series at Purdue Northwest, but yesterday’s win wasn’t nearly as easy as the Huskies’ 67-44 rout Friday night. Yesterday, it was the Pride that got off to a fast start, building a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter. Tech trailed most of the game, but surged ahead in the fourth quarter to eke out a 58-56 victory. The key play was a block by Baillie McGirk with three seconds remaining, and Tech clinging to a one-point lead. She grabbed the rebound, was fouled, and made a free throw to seal the win. Jordan Ludescher led the Huskies with 15 points.
The Tech men’s team opened its season with a 68-59 victory against Purdue Northwest yesterday afternoon. The Huskies led by 11 at halftime, and were never threatened in the second half. Dawson Bilski scored 24 points for Tech. Those teams play again this afternoon at the SDC.
The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team began its campaign with a tight 77-74 victory at Wisconsin-Parkside. Makaylee Kuhn made four free throws in the closing seconds to give the Wildcats the win. Those teams play again this afternoon in Kenosha.
The NMU men’s team earned an equally thrilling 76-75 overtime victory over Parkside yesterday. Tre Harvey’s three-pointer with seven seconds left was the game-winner. Those teams meet again this afternoon in Marquette.
Lake Superior State University completed a weekend sweep at Northern Michigan University with a 3-2 overtime victory last night. The Wildcats led 2-0 heading into the third period, but the Lakers’ Pete Veillette scored twice in the third frame, and Louis Boudon’s power play goal 26 seconds into the extra stanza ended the contest.
There is no Michigan Tech hockey this weekend. The scheduled series at Minnesota State was postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests within the Huskies program. No make-up date has been announced.
High School Football
The only remaining Upper Peninsula team in the high school football tournament has reached the state championship game. North Central pounded Marion 50-2 yesterday in an eight-player Division Two semifinal. The Jets will take on Portland Saint Patrick in the title match Saturday at 5:30 at the indoor facility at the Legacy Center in Brighton.
Suttons Bay will face Lenawee Adrian Christian for the eight-player Division One championship.
North Central is the only remaining U.P. team because Iron Mountain lost to Johannesburg-Lewiston 7-6 in the 11-player Division Eight regionals yesterday. Negaunee fell to Grayling 56-26 in the Division Six semifinals.
The Detroit Pistons host the Utah jazz this afternoon.
The Detroit Red Wings added some defensive depth yesterday, by claiming Christian Djoos off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks. Djoos played 11 games for Anaheim and Washington last season.
The NFL playoffs are underway. In the Wild Card Round yesterday…
• The Buffalo Bills held off the Indianapolis Colts 27-24. Josh Allen threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 54 yards and another score.
• The Los Angeles Rams surprised the Seattle Seahawks 30-20. Cam Akers ran for 131 yards and a touchdown.
• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ousted the Washington Football Team 31-23. Tom Brady threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns. He also became the oldest NFL quarterback to throw a playoff touchdown pass, surpassing George Blanda.
Today, the Baltimore Ravens visit the Tennessee Titans at 1:05, the New Orleans Saints entertain the Chicago Bears at 4:40, and Cleveland Browns visit the Pittsburgh Steelers at 8:15.
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