Saturday, February 27, 2010

Big road wins for MSU men, women

If you're going to spend 16 hours traveling to and from a game, you might as well win. The Minnesota State men's and women's basketball teams both faced important games Saturday at University of Mary, and both teams prevailed at Bismarck, N.D.
The men won 75-63 and clinched the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship, in part because St. Cloud State lost at Winona State. The men are the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament, and there is some thought that the Mavericks may have also locked up the top seed for the Central Region tournament in two weeks.
Minnesota State will play Southwest Minnesota State at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bresnan Arena in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament, and with a victory, the Mavericks would host the semifinals and championship game Saturday and Sunday.
There could be a lot of high-quality basketball being played at Bresnan Arena in the next two weeks.
The women needed a victory to get into the conference tournament and prevailed 72-69 at Mary. Minnesota State will face regular-season champion Concordia-St. Paul on Wednesday, and the teams split during the season. It would be an upset if the Mavericks won, but last year, the Bears knocked off top-seeded Minnesota State in the quarterfinal round of the Northern Sun tournament so revenge is possible.

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