Saturday, February 20, 2010

MSU men take care of business at Southwest

Minnesota State rolled in the second half and defeated Southwest Minnesota State 81-64 Saturday as the Mavericks close in on a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men's basketball championship.
Seemingly, everybody that played contributed in some significant way, with Jefferson Mason getting 16 points and reserve Taylor Morrow scoring a career-high 15 points. The biggest stat was rebounding. At the 10-minute mark of the first half, Southwest had a 15-4 rebounding advantage, but the Mavericks outrebounded the Mustangs 31-15 the rest of the way.
The victory keeps the Mavericks one game ahead of St. Cloud State with two games to play in the regular season. The Mavericks can clinch a share of the conference title with a victory at home Wednesday against Augustana or Saturday, Feb. 27, at Mary. The Huskies have a home game with Concordia-St. Paul on Wednesday and finish the regular season at Winona State on Feb. 27.
The Mavericks will be the No. 1 seed in the Central Region come Wednesday because Mesa State lost on Friday to five-win Adams State. Augustana and Winona State also took losses this weekend so it's really come down to a two-team region race between the Mavericks and St. Cloud State. Should the teams meet in the conference tournament, that outcome could decide where the regional tournament will be played.

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