Friday, February 5, 2010

Another blowout for the Mavericks

There's no way a basketball team should be able to beat a conference opponent by 50 points, but that's what happened Friday at Bresnan as Minnesota State posted a 105-55 victory over Minnesota Crookston. That shows the disparity in the Northern Sun between the first-place and last-place teams.
The Mavericks had several highlight-reel dunks, but the impressive part was a season-high 29 assists that led to 62.1 percent shooting, the 12th-best single-game performance in program history. Point guard Jesse Clark became the second player at Minnesota State to reach 500 assists; not bad for a walk-on that few thought would ever achieve these kind of accolades.
More interesting than what happened at Bresnan Arena was what happened in the Central Region. Top-ranked Mesa State needed overtime to survive Fort Lewis at home, and the teams play again in two weeks at Fort Lewis. Winona State dropped a home game to Northern State, endangering the Warriors' chances of even qualifying for the national tournament.
The Minnesota State women picked up an important victory to keep alive the hope of qualifying for the conference tournament. With six games to go, the Mavericks are tied for the eighth and final spot with Northern State, and the Mavericks have the tiebreaker. Saturday's game against Minnesota State-Moorhead is very important.

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