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NSIC roundup 02/04/14

Each week, The Minot Daily News features a roundup of notable performances, news and results from teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Here’s what happened last week:

– The NSIC Board of Directors announced Friday that it has denied Minnesota State-Mankato’s appeal of a previous ruling to nulify the Maverick football program’s 2012 conference and South Division titles.

The school self-reported a secondary NCAA rules violation, leading to the nullifications. The NCAA imposed a $2,500 fine on Mankato for the violation, which involved two student-athletes who repeated a course in the spring of 2012.

The Mavericks went 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the South Division that year. MSU’s records will not be afffected because the nullification is a mathmatical calculation that reduces its winning percentage. Its adjusted winning percentage places it fourth in the conference and second in the South Division.

– Minot State sophomore guard Dominique McDonald tied a school record with eight 3-pointers in Saturday’s loss to Minnesota State-Mankato. He hit 8 of 10 tries from long range, scoring a career-high 29 points. He averaged 23 points, 3.5 assists and committed just five turnovers in a pair of losses over the weekend.

– Upper Iowa senior guard Joey Woods averaged 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game this weekend as he led Upper Iowa to a pair of NSIC road victories and picked up men’s basketball conference player of the week honors himself. Woods set a career high and the conference’s season high in points with 40 on Friday in a 109-197 overtime victory against Minnesota Moorhead. On Saturday night against Northern State, Woods cemented his memorable weekend by scoring a game-high 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting against Northern State.

– Sioux Falls senior forward Laura Johnson led the Cougars to wins over Minnesota Crookston and Bemidji State with averages of 25.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. The 6-footer tied her career high in points on Saturday against Bemidji State with 29 on 10-of-22 shooting, including being 8-for-15 from behind the arc, and garnered NSIC women’s basketball player of the week honors. Johnson tied the USF school record for three-point shots made in a game with eight and moved up to eighth in USF career scoring with 1,273 points.

– Southwest Minnesota State senior Justin Reinsma helped the Mustangs defeat Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday for the first time since the 1990-91 season. The 133-pound Reinsma recorded his fourth pin of the season to give SMSU a 6-3 lead in the Mustangs’ 31-9 win. Reinsma, the NSIC wrestler of the week, pinned Tanner Mills in 1:56 and extended his winning streak to nine. The win was Reinsma’s 105th in his career, which ranks fifth most in SMSU history.

-Daily News Staff