Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Augustana keeps Mavericks from clinching Northern Sun title

A week ago, the Minnesota State men's basketball team had a two-game lead in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, and it look like it was inevitable that the Mavericks would win the title. But losses to St. Cloud State and Augustana have put Minnesota State's hopes of winning a conference championship and hosting the Northern Sun and Central Region tournaments in serious jeopardy.
On Wednesday, the Mavericks lost 72-71 to Augustana, making only 17 of 29 free throws and commiting 14 turnovers. Augustana ended up winning on freshman Cameron McCaffrey's baseline 8-footer with 9.1 seconds, but had the Mavericks taken care of business at the free-throw line, the outcome would have been decided much earlier.
The Mavericks must now win at Mary on Saturday to ensure at least a share of the conference title, and tiebreakers could decide if the conference tournament is played at Bresnan Arena or St. Cloud. It didn't seem like it would come down to this just a week ago.

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