The Huskies won both their Friday and Saturday games to make their three-game winning streak a reality. The wins are largely due to a high shooting percentage and finding open players within their offense to end in high quality shots. St. Cloud State ended the game shooting 48 percent from the floor, completing 52 percent of their attempts from three-point range.
Huskies sophomore forward Seth Mortag ended the game with a double-double, snatching 10 rebounds and coming away with 12 points on the night, on 50 percent shooting from the field. Minot State sophomore Tyler Rudolph also finished the game with a double-double, grabbing 12 rebounds along with 24 points on four of five shooting from behind the three-point line.
Huskies junior guard Scottie Stone became a part of the 1,000 point club tonight as a result of his 18 points on six of 12 shooting to lead the entire game in points scored. St. Cloud State came out of the second half on a mission, falling to a six-point deficit early in the half before quickly pouring it on to take their largest lead of the game thanks to a 15-4 scoring run to make the score 63-56.
Head coach Matt Reiner said, “We were playing very poorly, and we had to get under control a little bit. Play with some poise and get things going and we’ll be fine.”
Minot State was on a mission going after offensive rebounds and second chance points in the first half, gathering eight offensive rebounds and scoring 11 points off those opportunities. Even though the Huskies gave the ball up a total of nine times in the first half, their ball movement was precise which resulted in the creation of 13 assists.
Tyler Rudolph for the Beavers led both teams in scoring within the half finishing with 11 points on five of nine shooting from the field.
With five ties throughout the first half of play, neither team could find the drive to put their opponent in the rear view mirror.
With this win tonight, the Huskies move on to a record of 10-10, moving them back to a .500 winning percentage. St. Cloud State will stay at home to face off against the University of Sioux Falls (11-8). Minot State will go back onto the road to Wayne, Nebraska to play against Wayne State (4-14).