Beavers snap skid

The extra passes. The constant communication. The high-flying dunks.

If it looked like the Minot State University men’s basketball players were enjoying themselves during a 78-59 win Friday over Minnesota Crookston, it’s because they were.

The Beavers (7-10 overall, 3-10 Northern Sun) broke their six-game losing streak by shooting 50 percent from the field and beating the Golden Eagles 40-29 on the glass.

“We knew this was a team we could beat so we came out with energy,” MSU junior Thomas Korf said. “We played well on defense and we shot the ball well.”

Lazar Boskovic, a 6-foot-10 junior center, scored on the Beavers’ first three possessions and netted 13 of his career-high 15 points in the first half. MSU shot 56 percent during the opening frame in taking a 40-25 lead.

“We knew he was big and had a nice little jump hook and things like that,” UMC coach Jeff Oseth said of Boskovic. “We’re not overly physical in the post to take care of that, but he made everything he shot in the first half. He was just dominating the game. We made some adjustments in the second half – fronting him and trying to get the ball out of his hands a little bit – and I thought we did a pretty good job on him the second half.”

MSU senior forward Sam Johnson was all over the boards the entire game, finishing with team highs of 16 points and nine rebounds.

Slashing guard Derrick Redd had 18 points to pace Crookston (4-13, 1-12), which lost its 11th straight.

UMC cut MSU’s lead to six with 10:04 remaining, but the Beavers responded with a 9-2 run and were never threatened again.

MSU hosts Bemidji State at 6 tonight.