Terrific shooting propels Beavers

CROOKSTON, Minn. – For the second straight Saturday, the Minot State men’s basketball team torched the nets. This time around, that resulted in a Beaver win.

MSU shot a season-high 57.1 percent from the field and steamrolled Minnesota Crookston 87-64 at Lysaker Gymnasium, snapping a four-game skid.

The Beavers had shot 54.1 percent in a loss to Minnesota State-Mankato on Feb. 1.

Five Beavers finished in double figures Saturday, led by senior guard E.J. Willams’ 23 points and sophomore guard Dominique McDonald’s 21. Williams also posted four assists for MSU (8-14, 4-14 Northern Sun).

The Beavers commited nine turnovers, their second fewest total all year. They never trailed and led the final 29:31, including a 51-33 advantage at the break.

Senior forward Sam Johnson had 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds, while senior forward Chris East and junior guard Thomas Korf poured in 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Crookston guard Derrick Redd put up a team-high 12 points, but shot just 4-for-12. The Eagles (4-18, 1-17) shot just 36.4 percent on 3-pointers, while the Beavers hit a season-best 61.9 percent.

Slow start dooms MSU women

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The Minot State women’s basketball team made a big push to begin the second half Saturday to get within striking distance of Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers never struck.

MSU trailed by 19 at the half and failed to close to fewer than nine points in a 74-62 loss at Lysaker Gymnasium.

The Beavers (15-7 overall, 11-7 Northern Sun), who top the league in field-goal percentage, shot just 36.1 percent from the floor in losing their third of four straight road games.

Crookston (9-13, 6-12) hit 40.7 percent of its field-goal attempts and forced 20 Beaver turnovers. The Golden Eagles finished the opening half on a 22-5 run and added the first four points out of the break to bulge its lead to 23 points – 48-25.

MSU answered with a 16-4 run to trim the deficit to 11 and later closed within 56-47 with 7:27 left. It needed on more push to truly make it a game, and that spark never came.

MSU senior forward Carly Boag notched her ninth double-double of the season, tallying 17 points and 17 rebounds. Alisha “Speedy” Jones (12 points), Katie Hardy (11) and Christina Boag (10) also finished in double digures.

Crookston’s Alexa Thielman poured in a game-high 23 points to go with eight boards. The Golden Eagles outrebounded Minot 43-36 and posted a 24-10 advantage in bench points.

The Beavers, remain in second place in the NSIC North Division. The men and women host Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State next weekend.

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