Golden Bears sweep MSU hoops

ST. PAUL, Minn. -With a chance to win the game in the final seconds, the Minot State men’s basketball team had its shot blocked as Concordia-St. Paul came away with a 66-65 victory on Friday at the Gangelhoff Center.

MSU freshman guard Nathan Mertens drove the length of the court on the game’s final play and had his layup attempt blocked by C-SP’s Shea Mandli. It was the fourth time the Beavers (7-12 overall, 3-12 Northern Sun) have lost by four points or less this season.

MSU senior Samuel Johnson scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Dominique McDonald and Chris East had 17 and 12, respectively.

Neither team led by more than six points and the Beavers took their last lead with 8:33 to play.

Travon Mitchell led the Golden Bears (6-13, 3-12) with 16 points.

MSU travels to No. 14 Minnesota State-Mankato today at 6 p.m.

Beavers comeback attempt falls short

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minot State women’s basketball team couldn’t find the basket in the first half and was unable to complete a second-half comeback in a 68-63 loss to Concordia-St. Paul on Friday at the Gangelhoff Center.

The Beavers (14-5 overall, 10-5 Northern Sun) shot 20.6 percent in the first half, hitting just seven shots. They found their stroke in the second half, shooting 48.6 percent and outscoring the Golden Bears 44-27.

MSU closed within five on a layup by senior guard Alisha “Speedy” Jones with five seconds left, but didn’t have enough time to complete the come back. MSU senior forward Carly Boag finished with a team-high 21 points and 16 rebounds. Jones and junior guard Katie Hardy added 19 and 13, respectively.

C-SP forward Anika Whiting recorded a game-high 28 points on 10 of 17 shooting. The Golden Bears’ starters were responsible for all 68 points. MSU had five bench points.

The Beavers travel to Minnesota State-Mankato today at 4 p.m.

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