Saturday, February 13, 2010

St. Cloud State gets revenge on Mavericks

For most of this season, the Minnesota State men's basketball team has been stronger than its opponents over the last five minutes of a game, but on Saturday at Halenbeck Hall, it was St. Cloud State that prevailed 92-84 to close the Mavericks' lead to one game in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference race.
The Huskies earned a split in the season series, with the Mavericks winning 88-76 at Bresnan Arena in January.
The Huskies' Matt Schneck had 34 points and 18 rebounds, but role players Josh Ortmann, Brett Putz and Andrew Bernstetter combined for 42 points, with each hitting at least one key shot down the stretch.
Minnesota State's Jefferson Mason had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Travis Nelson added 24 points, but the role players weren't there for the Mavericks, who trailed by only four with 2:55 to play.
With three games remaining in the regular season, the Mavericks may have to win out to get the conference  championship and host the Northern Sun tournament. The Mavericks are unbeaten at home, and after watching the two games against St. Cloud State, the home team certainly would have the advantage should the teams meet again.

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