SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- A 12-game home schedule and three consecutive tournaments highlight the 2017-18 Lake Superior State University men's basketball schedule as announced by 11th-year head coach Steve Hettinga.
Along with the dozen games at LSSU's Cooper Gymnasium and the trio of regular-season tournaments, another feature to the Lakers' 2017-18 slate is a competitive 19-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) schedule which includes matchups versus league newcomers Davenport and Purdue Northwest.
Following a pair of season-opening home exhibition outings versus Cornerstone (Oct. 23) and Indiana Tech (Oct. 28), LSSU starts the regular season Nov. 10-11 in the four-team G-MAC (Great Midwest Athletic Conference)/GLIAC Battler Classic in Philippi, W.Va. The Lakers tipoff against Kentucky Wesleyan in the tourney's opening round before squaring off against host Alderson Broaddus the next evening. The following weekend (Nov. 17-18), Lake Superior State takes part in the Cedarville (Ohio) Don Callan Classic where the Lakers face Findlay in their first game and then battle host Cedarville in final-round action. The third and final regular-season tournament for LSSU occurs Nov. 24-25 when the Lakers travel to Owensboro, Ky., to participate in the Kentucky Wesleyan Thanksgiving Classic. In the first round, LSSU's opponent is Delta State (Miss.) with Shorter (Ga.) providing the opposition in the tournament's second round.
The Lakers open league play Nov. 30 at home against Ashland and then hosts Tiffin Dec. 2 before going on the road with league contests at Saginaw Valley State (Dec. 7), at Northwood (Dec. 9), and at Ferris State (Dec. 16). The regular-season slate has LSSU playing six conference games in January, highlighted by home appearances versus Davenport (Jan. 4), Northern Michigan (Jan. 11), and Michigan Tech (Jan. 13). Eight league encounters are on tap for the Lakers in February, beginning Feb. 1 and 3 with home outings versus Saginaw Valley State (Feb. 1) and Northwood (Feb. 3), respectively. After a four-game conference road swing encompassing two weeks, LSSU returns to Cooper Gymnasium for its final two regular-season games. The Lakers welcome Grand Valley State on Feb. 22 before concluding the regular-season campaign Feb. 24 with Purdue Northwest providing the opposition.
The two remaining regular-season games on the LSSU docket are non-conference contests taking place in December. The Lakers host Algoma (Ontario) Dec. 18 before closing out the 2017 calendar year with a Dec. 30 visit to Southern Indiana in Evansville, Ind.
Lake Superior State posted a 16-10 overall record for the 2016-17 season, which included a second-place tying 13-8 GLIAC North Division mark.
Season tickets for 2017-18 LSSU men's basketball are now on sale and are included as part of the school's Division II sports pass for $55 apiece. Single-game tickets are $6.50 for an adult and $4.50 for children age 17 and under.