Things went down to the wire, as the No. 13 Northern State University Wolves defeated Minnesota State 87-84, remaining as the only unbeaten team in the NSIC. With their 13th
consecutive win, NSU improves to 14-1 overall and 8-0 in the league.
Northern trailed 44-37 at the half, and battled back with 50 points in the final 20 minutes of play. NSU shot 59.3 percent from the floor in the second half and held the Mavericks to 40 points. It was all tied up at 71-all with under five minutes remaining in regulation.
Minnesota State took the lead on a made free throw, however Northern quickly answered back with a layup by Ian Smith
. It was a 3-point contest and Minnesota State ball with just five seconds remaining. The NSU defense held strong as MSU was unable to get a shot off.
In total they shot 54.9 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from the arc, and 77.1 percent from the foul line. Northern tallied 34 points in the paint, 14 second chance points, 11 bench points, and eight points off turnovers. The Wolves just edged out the Mavericks with 33 rebounds to Minnesota State's 32. Northern tallied nine assists, five steals, and three blocks as a team.
Logan Doyle led the team with a career high 26 points, shooting 61.5 percent from the floor. The senior also added a team leading eight rebounds, as well as one steal. Smith was second on the team with 18 points, shooting 75.0 percent from the floor. He added a team leading three assists, as well as four rebounds.
and Darin Peterka
tallied 13 and 12 points apiece, rounding out the double figure scorers. The pair each shot 50.0 percent or better from the floor, with Peterka notching two of the team's four made 3-pointers. Gabe King rounded out the starters with seven points, knocking down 2-of-2 from the floor and the foul line.
led the team off the bench with six points. He tallied five rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal. Bo Fries added five points and five rebounds, as the final scorer in the game.
The Wolves will return to Wachs Arena next weekend, for two North Division contests against U-Mary and Minot State. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday against the Marauders and 6 p.m. on Saturday versus the Beavers.
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