MSU men, women suffer weekend sweeps

MANKATO, Minn. – The good news: The Minot State men’s basketball team turned in its finest offensive performance on the road all year. The bad news: It came at the expense of its defense.

No. 14 Minnesota State-Mankato assisted on 25 of its 29 field goals and stuck the Beavers with a 106-95 loss on Saturday at the Taylor Center.

The 106 points allowed are a season-high for Minot (7-13 overall, 3-13 Northern Sun), while the 95 points scored are just one shy of its season best, and are 21 points better than its previous high away from the MSU Dome.

The Mavericks (19-4, 13-3) led for the final 37:41 and held a 52-41 advantage at the break. Minot closed within 74-73 with 9:28 to play, but couldn’t quite get over the hump.

Mankato torched Minot for 17 3-pointers on 30 attempts. Mankato junior guard Zach Monaghan stuffed the stat sheet with 31 points, 14 assists (with just one turnover) and three steals. Tanner Adler and Assem Marei also tallied high figures for the Mavericks, with 21 and 18 points, respectively. Monaghan and Adler had six treys apiece.

Minot’s Dominique McDonald finished with a team-high 29 points, with 24 coming from beyond the arc. The sophomore guard made eight of 10 3-point attempts, including all four tries after halftime. E.J. Williams added 20 points and Samuel Johnson had 19 for the Beavers, who shot 54.1 percent (33-61) from the field and 51.9 (14-27) from deep.

But Mankato outscored Minot 31-15 at the charity stripe and sent the Beavers to their third straight loss.

Minot is on the road again next weekend at Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston

Turnovers doom Beaver women

A pivotal weekend ended on a sour note for the Minot State women’s basketball team.

The Beavers turned the ball over a season-high 29 times in an 80-62 defeat to No. 25 Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday at the Taylor Center. The loss, their second in two days, leaves them four games back in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings and three games behind in the NSIC North Division.

Minot (14-6 overall, 10-6 NSIC) led by five in the early going before its turnover troubles kicked in. The Mavericks (15-5, 12-4), which entered the weekend averaging a league-best plus-6.0 turnover margin, outscored the Beavers 37-13 in points off turnovers and took 73 shots to Minot’s 53.

Mankato led 44-31 at halftime and never allowed the Beavers to close within single digits after the break.

Minot senior forward Carly Boag turned in her usual numbers with 20 points and nine rebounds. She eclipsed 1,600 career points and is now 100 behind the Beavers’ all-time leader, Kendra Meyer.

Juniors Christina Boag and Morgan Klose chipped in 10 points apiece for Minot, which made a respectable 43.4 percent of its shots (23-53).

Karlee Gengenbacher and Tyra Johnson paced the Mavericks with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

The Beavers travel to Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston next weekend.

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