The Huskies ended their outing shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and 34.3 percent from behind the three point line. Both of these percentages fell short of Minnesota State’s, shooting 58.9 percent from the floor and exactly 50 percent from long distance range.
Defense was a point of emphasis for the Huskies in this matchup going up against a high-powered offense that Minnesota State possesses. Head coach of the Huskies Matt Reiner said, “They started to beat us off the dribble, which is what led to problems.”
St. Cloud State guard Scottie Stone ended the first half with zero points on 0-8 shooting, but lit it up in the second half. Throughout the second half Stone made 10 of his 16 attempted shots and finished the game with 23 points to lead his team in scoring.
Dragon’s forward/center Isaac Sevile led both teams in scoring tonight and earned a double-double as well, scoring 30 points and collecting 11 rebounds. St. Cloud State forward Gage Davis also ended tonight’s contest with a double-double, scoring 17 points and coming away with 12 rebounds. Rebounding was a major factor for St. Cloud State this game, ending with 18 offensive rebounds in comparison to Minnesota State’s four. “We weren’t shooting too well and that’s what kept us in the game,” Reiner said.
Early in the first half, Moorhead went on an 11-2 run to take a quick lead in the game 9-18. This run put the Huskies in a position to battle back in which they did, fighting back to regain the lead 29-28 with 6:01 left to play.
This lead was the only one that they acquired within the half, yet they managed to end the first half with a one point deficit 33-34. Dragons forward/center Isaac Sevile led all scorers in the first half with 15 points and in addition hauled in 7 rebounds. St. Cloud State forward Gage Davis led the Huskies in scoring with 12 points and also collected 7 rebounds in the first half.
St. Cloud State (12-14) will go on the road to Minot, North Dakota for their next upcoming game against Minot State (13-13). Minnesota State (25-4) will head back home in Moorhead where they will host Bemidji State (10-14).