The St. Cloud State University (2-3, 0-0 NSIC) men’s basketball team had no problem taking care of the Northland College Lumberjacks (0-4, 0-0 UMAC) on Tuesday night as they jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead to start the game and finished with a final score of 98-56.
The Huskies held the Lumberjacks scoreless through the first five minutes of the game thanks to their trap defense, which produced a total of 21 turnovers on the night, 15 of which were credited as steals by SCSU players.
The first half of play was a true team effort by the Huskies as Scottie Stone and Gage Davis led the way with six points apiece, and 11 of the 12 players who saw playing time scored at least one bucket. The Huskies held a 40-24 lead at the half and kept Northland College to just 20 percent shooting on three’s and 36 percent from the field.
While play was somewhat competitive during the first half, thanks to a sloppy few minutes by the Huskies, the second half was when Stone got hot from three and the defensive pressure ramped up. Stone, who finished with 16 points on the night, scored all 10 of his second half points within the first four minutes, six of which came from three point range.
From there, it was freshman Brindley Theisen who got his first start of the season and responded by going a perfect 4-4 from behind the arc and finishing with a career high 16 points. Theisen replaced Davis in the starting line-up, but both played a role in the Huskies building a lead that reached 44 points with five minutes remaining in the game.
Head coach Matt Reimer kept the pressure on throughout the game as the Huskies played a full court man defense all 40 minutes, which clearly made the Northland ball handlers uncomfortable throughout the night. Both Davis and Eddie Alcantara turned steals into breakaway dunks in the second half and energized a SCSU bench, which scored 44 points on the night.
The Huskies have now won two straight games and hope to continue their streak into NSIC play, which begins this weekend when they travel to take on the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs.